BDO High Street Sales Tracker

Like-for-like sales figures for the week ending 1 May, 2011

Non-Fashion -3.6% up
Fashion -2.5% up
Homewares -14.1% down
Non-store -1.6% up


Non-fashion results were generally disappointing with only luxury and gifting specialists reporting positive figures. In other areas the fine weather and the Royal Wedding negatively impacted footfall.



Although some hefty increases were reported, the effective loss of Friday as a trading day meant that most fashion retailers were unable to make up the lost ground.


The extended bank holiday provided little in the way of encouragement for homewares with sales falling by double-digit levels.

Non-store (mail order, online)

Similar trends were also witnessed across non-store channels with sales falling for the first time in over a year.


Data and commentary supplied by Don Williams, head of retail at BDO. To join or find out more about the index, please contact