Motoring DIYers boost Haynes sales

Cash-strapped motorists with a brake light on the blink are boosting the sales of Haynes manuals as they get down to some serious DIY.

John Haynes, chairman of the Yeovil-based group, said the extra business is down to owners trying to save "a sizeable chunk of wedge" during the credit crunch.

He said: "Garages charge £50 per hour for servicing, and our manual costs £15. Do just one simple job yourself and you will save you an awful lot of money."

The group's revenues are up 26% on last year, boosted by the integration of Vivid, a Dutch-based provider of digital technical information to the motor trade.

But the company reported a 3% fall in first quarter revenues for its general UK publishing division, which sells books on transport, aviation, military and general DIY-related activities as well as motoring.

Mr Haynes said he was confident the group would do as well this year as last year, when it sold eight million manuals worldwide.

He wrote and published his first book on building an Austin 7 Special when he was still at school in 1956 and went on to write two more manuals while on National Service in the RAF.

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