Designer outlet group McArthurGlen has reported an 8% increase in like-for-like sales in December, with the company reporting its strongest ever trading figures at three of its UK shopping centres.
McArthurGlen cited sales of sportswear and kidswear, which both increased 17%, as particular highlights.
Its Ashford, Cheshire Oaks and York stores recorded their strongest ever trading figures for the week to January 2 as shoppers took advantage of discounts of up to 60% on labels including Hobbs, Ted Baker and Jaeger.
Sales at Ashford Designer Outlet, which has more than 80 stores, including Kurt Geiger and Reiss, rose 18%, with many of the 70,000 shoppers during that week crossing the Channel from Continental Europe, especially France.
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet recorded a year-on-year sales’ increase of 21% and pulled in 162,000 shoppers over the seven days.
International shoppers, particularly from China, contributed to the pre-Christmas trading, with a 12% increase in tax-free spending at McArthurGlen’s six UK centres in November.
Sven Gaede, UK managing director at McArthurGlen said: ““To build on our successful trading, as the trend for smart shopping rises, this year we are investing £35m into expanding Swindon Designer Outlet and we will be submitting planning permission to double the size of Ashford Designer Outlet, as well as carrying multi-million pound enhancements of Cheshire Oaks, Bridgend, East Midlands and York Designer Outlets. It’s about taking the shopping experience at our centres to a new level of excellence, as well as providing our customers with a great day out.”