LONDON Oct 7 Britain's fashion retailers
endured a slump in sales in September as unseasonably warm
weather deterred sales of autumn and winter collections,
industry data showed on Friday.
UK high street fashion sales fell 5.9 percent year-on-year
in September, according to BDO, the accountancy and business
It said every week in September saw negative year-on-year
sales for fashion.
BDO said high street sales across all sectors fell 2.8
September 2016 tied with September 1946 as the second
hottest September since 1910, according to Britain's Met Office.
Several store groups including women's clothing retailer
Bonmarche and homewares retailer Dunelm have
already blamed the UK's hot September for weak
The data and company updates could have implications for the
bigger players in Britain's clothing market, which have already
endured unhelpful summer weather patterns, with June a washout.
Concerns have centred on Marks & Spencer and
M&S is not due to publish half-year results until Nov. 8,
while Debenhams is scheduled to report full-year results on Oct.
27. Shares in M&S are down 27 percent so far this year, while
Debenhams is down 24 percent.
The British Retail Consortium will publish its data for
September spending on Oct. 11 and official data will be
published on Oct. 20.
(Reporting by James Davey; editing by Susan Thomas)