BDO: High Street sales up again

Figures for the week ending March 7th show overall sales up almost ten per cent.
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Figures from the BDO High Street Sales Tracker for the week ending March 7th show that overall sales increased by 9.2 per cent on the same week last year.

Stronger trade was reported in the non-fashion sector (up 5.2 per cent) in the run up to Mother's Day. Demand for general leisure goods was softer, however, while luxury was also subdued.

The brighter weather appeared to have a positive impact on most fashion stores, with the category up 10.9 per cent. Footwear and formalwear made the largest gains, while accessories and lingerie were also notably stronger.

Homeware also had a good week - up 7.1 per cent - with furniture sales improving significantly, while sales of general household items such as linen, glass and cookware were also higher.

The recent good run across non-store channels continued with the vast majority of stores recording double digit growth.

"Shoppers were out on the High Street in force to stock up on spring clothing ranges, but sales through non-store channels such as the internet also shot up by almost half on the same period last year," said Don Williams, head of retail at BDO.

"The combination of the run up to Mother's Day and the start of sunny weather meant another great week for Britain's High Street retailers."

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