Summer sun thaws icy high street sales in June

UK high street sales gained momentum in June thanks to unexpectedly hot weather.

Footfall in June saw an increase of 0.8% compared to a year ago, leaving it ahead of the three month average of 0.5%. The spike in sales follows on from a 2% lull in footfall  in May this year.

On a three-month basis, footfall grew 0.5%, a slight reduction against past two months of 0.7% and 0.9% in June on the previous year’s rate of -3.7%.

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Footfall in shopping centres fell by 0.8% in June on the -2.3 %rate in June 2016. This is marginally above the three-month average of -0.9 per cent.

Helen Dickinson OBE, chief-executive  British Retail Consortium said: “The arrival of summer spurred greater shopper footfall in the majority of retail destinations in June. High streets and retail parks saw solid growth in footfall, as shoppers headed out to renew their wardrobes and purchase other seasonal items. Most parts of the UK benefitted from these sun fuelled shopping outings, with the East of England especially witnessing brisk growth.”

“The rise in footfall of +0.8% in June is a result that tells a different story to the sales statistics we are seeing, with the Springboard Sales Tracker recording drops in sales in department stores of -1.6% and of -2.3% in fashion stores.” Said Diane Wehrle, Springboard marketing and insights director. “However, sales do present a very varied picture, dependent on the breadth of the measure used and inflationary pressures which push sales values up.

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