Tech Dominates April Retail Sales

Posted on 1 June, 2016 by Chris Grigorovsky

New figures from Hammerson’s Retail Tracker, HART, have revealed that technology sales across UK shopping centres had an overall 0.4% uplift in sales in April.

Tech Devices

It outperformed BRC’s latest figures which saw like-for-like sales down -0.9% for the month.

It was found that the ‘Sound, Picture & Technology’ was up by 27.7% and saw the greatest like-for-like increase in the past nine months.

Holiday bookings were also prominent, with the ‘Travel and Leisure’ category saw a 26.7% rise during the same period.

Looking into May’s spending also, it was found that the May bank holiday weekend pushed sales in the ‘Homewares’ sector rise in sales by 20.7% on the bank holiday Monday alone.

Hammerson’s CEO, David Atkins, commented: “Perhaps unperturbed by the uncertainty around the looming Brexit debate, it is encouraging to see customers still treating themselves to high value items.”

Mr Atkins concludes: “With additional highly anticipated tech launches this autumn, we expect a similar bounce in this category later in the year, as we see a trend towards consumers prioritising big-ticket tech over wardrobe updates.”

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