Eating, drinking and the movies were the priorities for Britons last month as clothing spend wilted, but the back-to-school season provided some relief. And cautious consumers are unlikely to boost their September spend.
The long spell of warm weather has been good news for women’s clothing, with spend increasing 4.5 per cent year-on-year in July -- the strongest rise since January 2016 – as shoppers updated their summer wardrobes.
England's run to the semi-finals of the soccer World Cup and a scorching summer encouraged shoppers in Britain to shop more in July, but overall spending rose only slowly, according to a survey of retailers.
There was some unexpected good news for the UK fashion sector in June as a strong month for online sales also translated into strength in clothing, with fashion outstripping overall growth for the month.
British consumers are “serial returners” and that's only adding to the woes on the UK high-street with fashion at the forefront, a new report shows. Nearly half of online fashion orders are sent back.
British shoppers ramped up their spending in May after a snowbound start to the year, two surveys showed on Tuesday, the latest suggestion that the overall economy is recovering from its early 2018 slowdown.
Clothing down. Footwear down. Health and beauty down. That was the picture of UK retail last month as ongoing bad weather meant interest in sarongs, sandals, sun cream and spring/summer fashion generally was at a low.
Britain’s shoppers spent more on food in the three months to February and once again cut back on non-essential purchases as the rise in inflation after the Brexit vote of 2016 squeezed their spending power.
Clothing and sporting goods retailers are some of the companies benefitting the most from the contactless revolution, with both sectors seeing an 85% increase in spending over the last 12 months according to Barclaycard.