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Sales at fashion indies stabilise in third quarter

Sales at clothing and footwear indies grew by an average of four percentage points in the third quarter this year, according to indie trade body BHF-BSSA.

Fashion retailers were one of the strongest performing categories of specialist independent retailer, and reversed a 1.1% slowdown in sales in the second quarter of 2010 to 3% growth in the third quarter.

Michael Weedon, communications and deputy managing director of BHF-BSSA, said: “After the election-time wobble in the second quarter, which had a seriously negative effect on several product areas and a number of regions, the results for the third quarter show some stabilisation.”

There was considerable variation in indies’ performance by region, according to the quarterly survey.

Sales at independent retailers of all types in London and the South East of England grew by 4.2% over the three-month period. The strong performance was followed by the North West of England where sales grew by an average of 2.8%.

The North East of England suffered a 7.5% slow down in sales in the quarter, whilst sales in Wales dipped by 11.5%.

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