UK retail sales drop despite furniture growth
The value of UK retail sales dropped last month despite continuing high furniture sales, as the weather saw shoppers shun autumn fashions.
Like for like sales dropped by 2.1% according to the British Retail Consortium, compared with a rise of 0.7$ in 2013. Total sales were down 0.8%, compared with an increase of 2.4% in September 2013. This is the weakest performance since December 2008 excluding Easter distortions.
Clothing and footwear were the worst performing categories in September, reporting record declines since April 2012 and March 2013, respectively. Non-food reported growth of 3% over the three months to September 2014, underperforming its 12-month average of 3.6%.
'In September we saw the lowest retail sales figures since December 2008 excluding Easter distortions. This can be attributed to a number of factors including the continuing decline in food sales. Furthermore, there was exceptionally low demand for items such as boots and coats, resulting in the lowest fashion sales performance since April 2012. However, demand for big-ticket items continues to be strong with furniture outperforming all other categories,' says Helen Dickinson, BRC director general.