Like-for-like sales from clothing and footwear stores on the high street dropped last week, according to accountancy firm BDO’s tracker.
Clothing and footwear sales fell by 5.2% year on year in the week ending 10 December. This compared with a 4.4% decline during the same period last year.
It marked a fifth successive week of weakening fashion sales, with 72% of respondents posting negative like-for-like sales during the week.
Like-for-like sales across all retail categories fell by 2.9%, compared with a 6.2% drop during the same week last year.
Homeware was highlighted as the star performer of the week, as the only sector to grow off of a positive base rather than falling further off of a negative base.
Overall, footfall was down by 2.2% compared to the same week last year. Shopping centres saw the largest decrease, with visitor numbers down 5.2%.
Footfall at retail parks fell by 2.8%, while the high street saw footfall dip by 0.5%.