Homeware sales return to positive territory

Homeware sales were positive on the high street while footfall continued to see positive growth.

According to the latest BDO High Street Sales Tracker, total like-for-like (LFL) sales rose by 4.86% for the week ending 11 September 2022.

Total Homeware LFLs rose by 0.90% this week from a base of +7.13% for the same week last year, marking its first positive result since mid-July.

In-store homeware sales jumped by +12.00% from a base of +9.94% for the same week last year, indicating its second consecutive positive result in five weeks and its highest since mid-April.

Total in-store LFL sales jumped by +11.79%, from a base of +27.02% for the same week last year. Total non-store LFL sales slipped this week and were down by -2.09%, although this was from a strong base of +19.55% last year.

Commenting on the results, BDO said: “Sales remained positive, especially in-store, in a week that saw the passing of the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Total homewares climbed into positive territory for the first time in eight weeks, as in-store homeware recorded its highest result since mid-April.

“This week saw a mixture of showers and longer spells of rain interspersed with drier periods as autumnal weather began. The same week last year saw a mix of hot weather and overcast conditions.”

Overall footfall was up by +6.3% this week compared to the same week last year.

Shopping centres saw the largest growth in footfall this week (+9.7%), while footfall was also strong on the high street (+6.8%) and remained positive (+1.5%) in retail parks.

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