BDO High Street Sales Tracker

Like-for-like sales figures for the week ending Sunday, March 21, 2010

Non-Fashion -4.8% down
Fashion +0.7% up
Homewares -9.8% down
Non-store +28.9% up

  • Non-fashion was the weakest performing sector with takings down for the first time in six weeks. With Mother’s Day over, health, beauty and gifting sales went down steeply

  • Takings were slightly up on last year for fashion, with formalwear and lingerie selling particularly strongly

  • Homewares had an excellent week with furniture sales improving significantly, while lighting and textiles were also up. Seasonal promotions helped encourage demand, as did the spring weather

  • Non-store growth weakened with takings, although still elevated, down on recent weeks. This trend was most marked across non-fashion

SOURCE

Data and commentary supplied by Don Williams, head of retail at BDO. To join or find out more about the index, please contact don.williams@bdo.co.uk.