Independent retailers are hoping the warm Easter bank holiday weekend will provide a welcome boost to sales, following a slow start to the spring season as a result of cold weather and Brexit uncertainty.
Scottish independents have told Drapers they witnessed a “significant drop” in both sales and footfall in the first four months of 2019, as a result of unseasonably warm weather and low consumer confidence surrounding Brexit.
Irish independents outside Dublin have told Drapers they fear for the future. Stores are closing “left, right and centre” across cities and towns as retailers struggle with high rents and business rates, and shoppers tighten their purse-strings.
Spirits were high among exhibitors at London sourcing event Make it British Live, as they embraced its new home in Islington and reported good trading in the face of continued political and economic uncertainty.