BDO High Street Sales Tracker

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

Non-Fashion -2.4% up
Fashion -3.5% up
Homewares +0.7% up
Non-store +28% up

Non-fashion

Non-fashion had a mixed week but trends were generally negative. The timing difference of Mother’s Day had a significant influence.

Fashion

Up against tough prior year comparisons, the majority of fashion retailers struggled to reach positive territory. Purchases were down in most categories.

Homewares

Homewares marginally grew, primarily due to stronger demand for furniture and textiles. Mid-season discounting also helped encourage demand.

Non-store (mail order, online)

The recent pattern of slower growth through non-store channels continued, largely mirroring the trends witnessed on the high street.

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.