BDO: Non-fashion leads High Street growth

Mother's Day helps sector to a 16.8 per cent rise for week ending March 14th.
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The sunny weather and Mother's Day shoppers provided a boost to the High Street for the week ending March 14th, with BDO figures showing overall sales up ten per cent on the same week last year.

Non fashion was the best performing sector - up 16.8 per cent - with many stores reporting strong results thanks to Mother's Day. Beauty, gifting and luxury goods also performed well.

The fashion sector was up 9.1 per cent, however homewares was down slight (0.7 per cent). Furniture sales were notably lower than recent weeks, while textiles and lighting also registered falling sales. The main exception was cookware which benefitted from gift buying.

There was a slight slowing of growth across non store channels, possibly reflecting stronger High Street footfall. Growth was still up 49 per cent, however.

"The fine spring weather seems to have put most consumers in a good frame of mind," said Don Williams, head of retail at BDO.


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