May sunshine brings out shoppers

13 June 2016 - Janet Bird

may sunshine brings out shoppers

The sun came out in May and brought the shoppers with it, leading to a rise in retail footfall and sales.

A survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) showed that retail sales rose 0.5 percent across all sectors last month, compared to a 0.9 percent fall in April.

Following two flat months, the BRC said spending rose 1.4 percent year on year in May, boosted by strong clothing sales.

The BRC also recorded an increase in retail footfall, which was up 0.3 percent year on year in May, from a 2.4 percent decline in April.

High street footfall was up 1.2 percent in May compared to the same period in 2015 - the best figures recorded since July 2013 if shopping blips caused by late Easter holidays are excluded.

The BRC found the number of shoppers visiting retail parks also rose by 1.2 percent last month, but shopping centre footfall was down 2.1 percent.

Separate figures from Barclaycard indicated a 3.6 percent year on year rise in consumer spending, with children's clothing and footwear among the best performing categories.

However, with consumer uncertainty still high as the country awaits the outcome of this month's Brexit referendum, the BRC warned retailers to expect sales figures to remain volatile.

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