BDO High Street Sales Tracker

Like-for-like sales figures for the week ending March 20, 2011

Non-Fashion -2.7% down
Fashion +1.8% up
Homewares -2.7% down
Non-store +72.8% up

Non-fashion

Non-fashion remained negative, although up on last week, with takings down in most categories.

Fashion

The warmer weather gave fashion a welcome boost, helping entice shoppers out in search of spring merchandise and mid-season bargains. However, this uplift was not apparent across all stores.

Homewares

Against strong comparatives, homewares results remained negative. However, spring weather did encourage some improvement, with textiles gaining the most.

Non-store (mail order, online)

Non-store sales grew at their fastest rate since January. Most areas drew higher demand – clothing and footwear in particular.

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.