BDO High Street Sales Tracker

Like-for-like sales figures for the week ending Sunday, May 16, 2010

Non-Fashion +3.4% up
Fashion +3.1% up
Homewares +17.9% up
Non-store +35.1% up

Non-fashion

Demand for non-fashion remained strong, with positive figures in most categories. Luxury outperformed for a second week, while health and beauty also had a good week.

Fashion

The majority of fashion stores registered growth and, while specialists did well, mainstream stores generally underperformed.

Homewares

Homewares had an outstanding week in most categories. Furniture sales bounced back after a number of negative weeks, while smaller-ticket purchases remained upbeat.

Non-store (mail order, online)

Non-store sales continued to be positive but slightly below average. As with the high street, homeware experienced the strongest uplift.

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.