Blog: Leonie BarrieRetail sales kicked into touch

Leonie Barrie | 12 July 2006

Despite retailers’ optimism of a World Cup boost in June, it now seems its impact was in fact negligible. Figures from the British Retail Consortium show that sportswear was one category for which football boosted sales, but that in the clothing and footwear sector as a whole, like-for-like sales weren’t as good as the previous month. Total UK retail sales in June rose 2.3% on a like-for-like basis, but were compared against a weak June 2005.
So, all the excitement around the ‘festival of football’ wasn’t enough to help consumers forget about other worries such as their personal finances. And as if disappointment on the sporting field wasn’t enough to contend with, it’s now a case of retailers needing to shape up and get back to business as usual.


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