While not as strong a result as the preceding two weeks, lifestyle retailers had its fifth successive week of positive results with LFL sales up by +1.7%. Gift retailers and home accessories enjoyed another upbeat week while stationery and outdoor goods stores dampened overall results with a decline in sales.
After two weeks of positive results, fashion LFLs once again fell into negative figures with sales down -1.2%, mirroring the results from this week last year (-1.6%). While some of the upscale and bespoke fashion retailers enjoyed moderate boosts, this was offset by declining sales amongst mid-range fashion retailers and across the peer group. More than half of the group reported negative LFL sales which is not surprising as national High Street footfall was flat year-on-year.
Homewares celebrated another week of buoyant results with LFL sales up +10.8%. This is particularly strong coming off of a negative base of -4.8% this time last year. Department stores and home accessories boasted double digit increases in sales with more moderate increases for the rest of the peer group.
For the second consecutive week, non-store LFL sales did not break the +20% threshold with sales up +14.1% despite double digit positive results across Homewares, Fashion and Lifestyle retailers. Online fashion saw the largest increase in LFL sales (+14.35%).