Russian company closes its bookshops in Tashkent

Politics Materials 12 December 2009 12:09 (UTC +04:00)

Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Dec.12 / Trend , D.Azizov /

Russia's Top-Book is closing its "Knigomir" bookshops in Tashkent, a source at Top-Kitob-Tashkent, a full subsidiary of Top-Book, said.

At present, there is a large sale of art, popular science and educational literature, as well as stationery in the four shops of Knigomir in the capital of Uzbekistan. Sale will continue till Dec. 28.

A source said that these shops will be closed in Uzbekistan to optimize business of Russian company, as well as to cancel unprofitable facilities.

The first Knigomir shop opened in Tashkent in May 2008. They sold Russian-language literature, mainly published in Russia.

According to independent experts, the reason for closing bookshops is not a poor demand of readers. Russian books always enjoyed high demand in Uzbekistan.

The experts believe that the Uzbek government's currency policy was the main reason for failure of Top-Book. The company was unable to manage its own profit and convert it for purchasing new books.

Book Land shop selling books imported from Russia and three Book World shops operated in Uzbekistan till December along with Knigomir shops.

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