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Indigo reports record annual revenue, solid book sales thanks to lifestyle products and Harry Potter

(Raysonho, Creative Commons)

(Raysonho, Creative Commons)

Indigo Books & Music is reporting total revenue of $1.02 billion for its fiscal year ending April 1, the highest in the Canadian retailer’s history. Indigo is also reporting an increase of $26 million – a 4.1 per cent growth – from the prior fiscal year. Pre-tax net earnings were $29 million, compared to $22.1 million last year.

The increase is attributed to double-digit growth in general merchandise, notably lifestyle products, gifts, and toys. Despite the continued decline of adult colouring books, general book sales were solid, in part thanks to the July 2016 release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

In 2017, Indigo rolled out its new “cultural department store” concept at Toronto’s CF Sherway Gardens, which received a top prize at the Retail Design Institute’s International Store Design Awards in May. According to an Indigo press release, “Given the tremendous success of this location the new concept will be rolled out to more stores beginning in the current year.”