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Hot summer boosts East Lancashire retailers
10:00am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
JULY’S soaring temperatures boosted sales of food, alcohol and clothing, new statistics revealed.
The 1.1 per cent rise in retails sales was driven by supermarket and department store spending.
The heatwave saw shoppers flock to stock up on barbecue goods to drive food sales volumes 2.1 per cent higher than last year, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed.
For independent Blackburn company, Sprout Cafe on Darwen Street, the hot weather kept punters away.
Co-owner Andrea Holden said: “We do not have any outside seating so we were quiet because people wanted to sit outside and I can’t blame them - I wanted to be outside too.
“On the really hot days we were a quite busy because people wanted a reprieve.
“I would never say I was personally glad when the heatwave ended but from a business point of view I was.”
Andrea created a summer salad special and promoted it on the company’s Facebook page a move that she said boosted business and enticed her customers back in.
Burnley’s largest clothing shop, Vanessa Merle, is run by mother and daughter team Merle and Vanessa Robinson.
Merle said: “July was better for us across the board and we sold a lot of sandals.
“We do summer wear and dresses so we sold a lot of that too. I’d say trade was up by about 20 per cent in July but it has dropped again now.
“You win a month and then lose a month.”
Merle said it is impossible to predict the weather when it comes to deciding what to stock.
She added: “We have done quite well this year because we did more in dresses. You just have to stock what you think will be appropriate.”
UK economist at Capital Economics, Martin Beck said shoppers were ‘lured outside by the sunshine’.
And ING Bank economist, James Knightley said that, with the economy also creating jobs, interest rate hikes were likely to come much sooner than late 2016 as implied by the Bank of England.
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