June weather sees boost in sales

Tuesday, 14 July 2009
UK retail sales values rose 1.4% on a like-for-like basis and 3.2% on a total basis, from June 2008, when sales had been hit by cold wet weather,figures from the British Retail Consortium reveal. The hot sunny weather, together with clearance sales, boosted clothing, footwear and outdoor leisure items.

Internet, mail-order and phone sales in June were 16.8% higher than a year ago, also benefiting from the heatwave and clearance sales.

Stephen Robertson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: "June's sunshine gave overall sales a much-needed boost.Many clothing clearance sales coincided nicely with the upsurge in demand for summer wear that came from the good weather.

Helen Dickinson, Head of Retail, KPMG, added :“Although overall sales performance continues to be driven by food, many non-food retailers had a better month in June. This was certainly true in clothing as a result of some early sales and promotions which benefitted children's clothing and footwear in particular. The gap between total sales performance and like-for-like continues to narrow, highlighting the reductions in new store openings in the current environment. Two years of negative like-for-likes at store level for many retailers is putting severe pressure on cash and profits.”

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