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Independent retail sales fall in fourth quarter of 2013

Sales at independent clothing and footwear retailers dipped slightly in the last quarter of 2013, according to the British Independent Retailers Association’s (Bira) Quarterly Sales Monitor.

Clothing and footwear indies saw sales fall by 1.44% in the three months to December 31 compared to the same period last year. However, sales were improved slightly on the third quarter of 2013, when sales were down 1.85%.

The Bira Quarterly Monitor, which surveyed nearly 5,000 independent retailers across sectors including furniture, gifts and books, found that more than half of respondents had enjoyed that their best average growth since 2010.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they were confident about the year ahead, with levels of confidence the highest since 2009.

The survey also found that just over a third of respondents are now trading online, with those attributing an eighth of turnover from this channel.

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