Wednesday 20 March 2019

Revolution Atlas drives Dubray profits

 

Atlas of the Irish Revolution
Atlas of the Irish Revolution

Gordon Deegan

Sales of publishing phenomenon, 'The Atlas of the Irish Revolution' helped bookseller, Dubray Books to post-tax profits of €587,598 last year.

Sales of publishing phenomenon, 'The Atlas of the Irish Revolution' helped bookseller, Dubray Books to post-tax profits of €587,598 last year.

In the year to the end of August last, the Cork University Press-published book, selling at €59.99, was Dubray's biggest seller in terms of revenues from one title last year.

Weighing in at a hefty 5kg and running to 1,000 pages, the book chronicles the story of the Irish Revolution as it played out across all 32 counties.

Dubray MD Maria Dickenson said that 'The Atlas' was worth 30pc more to Dubray than the next-best seller.

"The Atlas was a remarkable piece of publishing that really struck a chord with readers," said Ms Dickenson who added that 2018 was "a strong year for Dubray" with sales up by 5pc.

Ms Dickenson said that the retailer's best-seller last year in terms of copies sold was 'Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls' by Elena Favilli.

The profits of €587,598 for Dubray Books Ltd represent a 4.5pc drop on the post-tax profits of €615,259 recorded in fiscal 2017.

Over the two years, the owners of Dubray have paid themselves dividends of €1.079m, made up of a dividend of €529,101 last year and €550,000 in 2017.

Dubray operates eight stores and Ms Dickenson said that the group's Grafton Street outlet in Dublin was its best-performing.

Irish Independent

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