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High street sales dip in early December

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%.

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