UK high street sales static in March finds BDO

Lifestyle products were up 1.4%, fashion down 0.8%, homewares up 1.8% and non-store (online) up 28.1% according to BDO's latest report.

BDO surveyed 85 non-food medium-sized retailers with 10,000 stores and found a 0.0% change from March 2016, which was 1.0% down on the previous year.

The flat sales mean mean there has been no monthly in-store sales growth since November 2016.

Better weather saw higher footfall, which BDO said was "perhaps indicative of a continuing trend for consumers targeting experiences over things".

However, the performance of lifestyle over the last few months, combined with strong non-store sales was indicative, BDO said, of customers' continued access to credit, the attraction of the weaker pound to international shoppers, and the wider strength of the UK economy. 


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