Like-for-like fashion sales on the high street slipped in the week to 4 February, as the cold and wet weather continued to “mute” sales.
BDO’s high street sales tracker showed the combined adjusted average for fashion sales in stores dipped by 0.6% in the week compared with 2017.
Average sales for clothing grew by 7.8% during the period, but average footwear sales tumbled by 4.5%.
Total like-for-like sales fell by 0.9% this week. Fashion was the only category in which there were store sales decrease, while homeware was the star performer.
Overall footfall was static, but the high street saw footfall inch up by 1.1% on the same week last year. Footfall was down by 0.4% at retail parks and by 1.9% at shopping centres during the week.