Smiths News has posted strong overall sales growth despite falling newspaper and magazine sales.

The newspaper and magazine wholesaler reported a 37.7% hike in sales for the 19 weeks to 10 July, boosted by its acquisition of book wholesaler Bertrams last year as well as new contract wins.

However, newspaper like-for-like sales fell 4.5% during the period, with magazine like-for-like sales down 1.6%.

The wholesaler also confirmed that new FD Nick Gresham would join the company on 1 August.

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