Multiples and department stores have kicked off a weekend of bank holiday bargains as they hope to boost sales following a difficult summer.
Marks & Spencer has slashed up to 60% off its clothing, offering big discounts across all brands – including Autograph and Limited Edition.
New Look is offering free delivery on online purchases and up to 40% off selected products, while House of Fraser has launched its Big Brand Sale, slashing up to 50% off brands including French Connection, Hobbs and Phase Eight.
Online retailer Very has already launched a series of deals in the run-up to the bank holiday weekend: thousands of summer fashion items are half price and there is 20% off selected sportswear. Asos, meanwhile, is promoting an additional 10% off Sale items on its website.
Variable weather and a dip in consumer confidence in the aftermath of the Brexit vote led some brands to discount over the summer. The IMRG and Capgemini online sales index showed that the average price per item was down 9% on last year between May and July.