Homeware sales fell back into negative territory on the high street, while footfall delivered growth across all retail destinations.
According to the latest BDO High Street Sales Tracker, total like-for-like (LFL) sales were up 2.95% for the week ending 11 June 2023.
Homeware total LFLs fell by 2.27%, from a negative base of 2.56% for the same week last year, denoting the category’s eighteenth negative result so far in 2023.
Homeware total LFL sales were pulled down by store sales which fell by 4.52% from a flat base of +0.47% for the same week last year, marking the category’s fifth negative result so far in 2023.
Total in-store LFL sales increased by +5.39% from a base of +9.35% for the same week last year. Total non-store LFL sales increased by +6.56% from a positive base of +3.20% for the same week last year.
Commenting on the results, BDO said: “Spurred on by positive store and non-store sales, total LFLs were positive for a second consecutive week, following two weeks of negative total LFL sales.
“The week began with mild temperatures and partly sunny skies and culminated a sunny, hot weekend during which parts of the country experienced the highest temperatures for the year so far. The same week last year saw a blend of balmy temperatures with sunshine with overcast and intermittent showers in northern parts of the country.”
Total footfall grew by +4.2% compared to the same week in 2022. High street footfall experienced the best growth of the week, up by +5.4% compared to the same week last year, while retail park and shopping centre footfall grew year-on-year by +2.1% and +3.8% respectively.