Indies reported average trading over the bank holiday weekend, with aggressive discounting from department stores having only a minor impact on the weekend’s figures.
Most contemporary womenswear independents contacted by Drapers said business had been comparable with the same weekend last year, while others insisted bank holidays were still not an important trading period for them.
There were variations across the UK, dependent on weather and also on indies’ proximity to high street rivals.
Sarah McLane, manager of contemporary womenswear indie View in Hereford, said trade was slightly down. She added: “The big retailers were discounting and that had an effect because people will go out of their way to visit the big stores while they’re on Sale.”
However, Terracotta in Rugby, Warwickshire, had one of its busiest Saturdays this year. Owner Diane Griffiths said: “We had new stock, which drew in regulars. We also had a small amount of Sale stock at a 70% discount.”
In Scotland, trading was mostly down, which Joanne Pollock, owner of AM Christie in Galston, said was largely due to poor weather. She said: “It rained from the moment we opened until we shut, so people stayed in.”