High street sales edge higher but still burdened by weather

Kasmira Jefford
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THE UNSEASONABLE weather in June and weak consumer confidence continued to dampen sales on the high street last month.

Accountancy firm BDO’s monthly high street sales tracker out today shows overall like-for-like high street sales grew by just 0.7 per cent year-on-year in June.

Fashion sales slipped 1.1 per cent year-on-year as shoppers shunned summer lines.

However, strong figures in the homewares and non-fashion sectors helped offset the decline in clothing, with sales up 6.7 per cent and 8.6 per cent respectively.

Don Williams, national head of retail and wholesale at BDO said the clothing like-for-like figures “did not paint the whole picture,” with shops delaying sales until July to protect their margins.

He also said strong non-store sales – up 29.9 per cent – suggested retailers were using their online platforms to target promotions.