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High street fashion sales fall

Like-for-like fashion sales on the high street have dropped by 5.26% in the penultimate week before Christmas, marking a sixth consecutive week of decline.

BDO’s high street sales tracker showed average clothes sales in stores fell by 5.8% in the week to 17 December compared with the same period last year, while footwear sank by 6.2%.

Combined fashion sales were down from a 6.8% decline for the same week last year. 

BDO said these contributed to the “worst week of December so far”. Total like-for-like sales in the week before Christmas were down by 5.3% compared with a 4.6% decline during the same week last year.

Footfall was down by 3.2% across all retail destinations. Shopping centres saw the steepest decrease, with the number of visitors falling by 4.8%.

High street visitor numbers fell by 1.8% compared to the same week last year, while retail parks saw footfall reduce by 4.6%.


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