Disappointing week for mid-market retailers
Fashion: -2.4% Takings remained negative for a seventh consecutive week. Premium clothing ranges and footwear stores were the weakest performers, not helped by lower footfall levels. More positive news came from specialist and lifestyle retailers, while formalwear stores also had a good week.
Homewares: -3.6% The three week bounce in homewares came to an end this week, possibly reflecting the better weekend weather that would have depressed indoor DIY activity. However, sales still remained relatively buoyant, although they were being compared against a low base last year.
Non-Store: +89.1% Non-store sales rose very strongly for a second week with a string of good results across all sectors.
Don Williams, Retail Partner at BDO Stoy Hayward, says: “It was a pretty disappointing week for most mid-market retailers with sales down across all three sectors. Although non-fashion was broadly flat, fashion remained in negative territory, while the recent upturn in homewares was reversed. However, non-store sales saw strong growth.
Overall, sales decreased by -1.9%, which represents the sixth decrease out of the last seven weeks. It was a quiet week all round, suggesting that the improved weekend weather discouraged general shopping footfall. It also seems to have contributed to lower levels of DIY activity, which may have impacted demand across homewares,” he concludes.
Sales this week last year
The start of the Olympics had a negative effect on results this week last year, with only non-fashion in positive territory (+7.2%). Across fashion (-1.3%) sales were subdued, while homewares (-8.2%) was down steeply, not helped by the flagging housing market.
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