BDO High Street Sales Tracker

Like-for-like sales figures for the week ending January 23, 2011

Non-Fashion -2.7% down
Fashion +0.1% up
Homewares -2.3% down
Non-store +79.5% up

Non-fashion

Apart from a strong showing from luxury, the vast majority of other non-fashion categories struggled to post gains. Leisure, health and beauty and gifting were all negative, against weak comps last year.

Fashion

Fashion had a mixed week with some stores gaining from the back-end of new year promotions, while others toiled to make gains.

Homewares

Homewares showed signs of weakness with bigger-ticket demand notably lower than recent weeks, while textiles and lighting also registered falling sales.

Non-store (mail order, online)

Non-store sales grew at their fastest rate for almost a year. Most areas witnessed higher demand.

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.