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Disappointing figures for the quarter

Our latest sales figures show an average fall of -2.94% for independent retailers compared to the same three months last year.

Scotland saw the sharpest fall in the UK compared to April, May and June in 2018. East Anglia was the only region reporting that sales had increased marginally, by an average of 1.32%.

The sector performing best was Cookshop and Housewares, seeing a 2.41% uplift, however Gifts, Glass, China, Accessories and Luggage saw the biggest fall of -6.75%, closely followed by Pet Product retailers and Cards, Stationery, Crafts and Hobbies both showing a -5.4% reduction in sales.

Andrew Goodacre, CEO of Bira said:

“These results reflect the testing times independent retail is facing. However, independent business owners are nothing if not resilient and they will continue to fight and develop to save themselves. One of the greatest things about being independent is that they can be nimble and change quickly to adapt to changing trends, unlike the bigger retailers. This gives independent retailers an edge and we are seeing lots of our members diversifying to allow them to offer products and services that shoppers need to come to the high street for and can’t just buy online.”

See how retailers are combating the slump in Worcester here or watch the video below.