Homeware high street sales remain down in mid-June

Homeware sales remained in 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 4.41% for the week ending 18 June 2023.

Homeware total LFLs declined by 2.14% from an already negative base of 19.78% for the same week last year, signifying the category’s nineteenth negative result so far in 2023.

Store sales for homeware plummeted by 2.24% from a weak base of 8.57% for the same week last year, marking the category’s sixth negative result so far in 2023.

Total in-store LFL sales climbed by +5.36% from an already positive base of +18.30% for the same week last year. Total non-store LFL sales rose by +4.34%, slightly offsetting a negative base of -4.33% for the same week last year.

Commenting on the results, BDO said: “Total LFL sales recorded the highest growth since the second week of April, thanks to positive outcomes from both store and non-store channels.

“The UK experienced sweltering conditions due to hot and sunny weather that saw temperatures in the mid to high 20s. The same week last year saw sunny spells amidst hot weather with high temperatures across the UK.”

Overall footfall rose by +4.9% compared to the same week last year. With an increase of +5.3%, shopping centres posted the highest growth in footfall this week, while high streets and retail parks saw footfall growth of +5.2% and +3.7% respectively.

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