BDO High Street Sales Tracker

Like-for-like sales figures for the week ending February 6, 2011

Non-Fashion +0.4% down
Fashion +1.4% up
Homewares +4.6% down
Non-store +34.8% up

Non-fashion

Non-fashion trade was mixed. Although the Chinese New Year helped boost luxury, St Valentine’s Day buying was slow.

Fashion

Fashion experienced a reasonable week with modest gains made overall. However, trends were mixed with large variations at an individual store level.

Homewares

Homewares bucked the recent negative trend, cushioned by new promotions. In particular, furniture, lighting and textiles were all relatively strong.

Non-store (mail order, online)

Non-store sales were weaker compared with last week but remained elevated. Fashion and luxury were the strongest performers.

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.