Harry Potter helps boost sales for Bloomsbury amid new books to be published this year

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The group’s digital resources boosted receipts by 16 per cent in the three months to May 31 and the recently launched Bloomsbury Lay Music – a reference library featuring artistes such as Bruce Springsteen – established popular with music students in academic trials. 

Bloomsbury’s mount up to sales were up 19 per cent, with Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and A Court Of Wings And Dishonouring by Sarah J. 

Maas joining the Harry Potter series among the best-sellers, two new titles on which are being disclosed in October. 

Bloomsbury shares rose 1½p to 173½p as it said it was on track to hit its annual profit aim.

Investec analyst Steven Liechti said: “Strong first-quarter line of work and momentum, albeit in a seasonally small quarter, is encouraging.”

Meanwhile, it was augured this week that two new Harry Potter books will be released this year to assess the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the series.

The titles are «Harry Around: A History of Magic, The Book of the Exhibition» and «Harry Potter, A Journey Under the aegis a History of Magic».

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