Total sales on a like-for-like basis fell by 0.3 per cent and non-fashion figures increased by 2.7 per cent, down slightly on last week, with some stores reporting stronger trade.
Non-store sales also increased by 37.5 per cent, which is down slightly on last week, possibly reflecting that the improved weather encouraged people to be outdoors. However, online and mail order sales remains a high growth channel for many mid-market retailers.
Rupert Eastell, head of retail at BDO Stoy Hayward, said: “With most of the country basking in fine weather, the mood amongst consumers brightened this week. As a result, many stores benefited from a strong uptake of seasonal spring products.”