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2015 OVERVIEW


Selection of books published by Lagardère Publishing
 

STRONG GROWTH IN THE SECOND HALF

In 2015, Lagardère Publishing's sales amounted to €2,206 million, up 10.1% on 2014.

After a relatively uneventful six months, sales rose sharply in the second half of the year, driven by growing markets (United States, United Kingdom and France), a positioning that allowed us to take full advantage of the school reforms in the United Kingdom and Spain, and higher business volumes in France due to an exceptional publishing season and the release of the new Asterix album.

Partworks posted moderate growth, while Distribution benefited from the success of the division's publishers and the additional sales and margins generated by the new partner publishers.

These achievements more than offset the enduring lack of curriculum reform in France.

A PROFUSION OF LITERARY AWARDS

2015 was a stellar year for publishing in France.Novels published by the division garnered no fewer than seven major literary awards, namely the Renaudot, Femina, Interallié, Flore, Goncourt des lycéens and Fnac awards, and Best Foreign Publication.

The winning novels all enjoyed a strong uplift in sales after the results were announced.

This, and the success of the fourth instalment of E. L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey series (869,000 copies sold) made 2015 an outstanding year for the division in terms of fiction.

SLOWDOWN IN DIGITAL ACTIVITIES IN THE US AND THE UK

In 2015, the e-book market in the United States and the United Kingdom contracted for the first time as a result of two main factors: stagnant e-reader sales, suggesting the market has currently reached saturation, and the end of discounted e-book prices. While this predictably slowed sales, it also helped to rebalance the market between electronic and printed books. As a result, printed book sales rose sharply in the United States and the United Kingdom in 2015 to the great benefit of booksellers, who began to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

STREAMLINING THE REAL-ESTATE PORTFOLIO

Hachette Livre pushed ahead with the redeployment of its real estate assets, which it began in 2014 with the relocation of Hachette Book Group in New York. In 2015, Hachette UK moved to a building on the banks of the Thames in the middle of London, grouping together all its subsidiaries. And in France, Hachette Livre moved into its new headquarters, designed and built by architect Jacques Ferrier, in the town of Vanves.

Hachette Livre's main units are now housed in more comfortable, functional and spacious premises that meet more stringent environmental standards. The resulting heating and air-conditioning savings will be felt for years to come.

 


NOTHING TO DECLARE? YES! HUMAN RIGHTS...

 
  Following the January 2015 attacks in France, Les Éditions du Chêne decided to publish the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a beautiful book illustrated by 32 contemporary artists. In December 2015, following the attacks of 13 November in Paris and Saint-Denis, a new pocket-sized version was published at a price of €2.90, making it accessible to as many people as possible.





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