Retailers to face difficult 2011Wednesday, 05 January 2011
“Online sales continued to grow despite the difficult weather conditions but many pre- Christmas delivery slots appear to have been missed. Those retailers with the right online offer - along with out of town destination shopping centres that have better road access - have done comparatively better.
Post-Christmas sales are now crucial to December’s results. But with few panic price reductions and little more than the expected amount of discounting, it’s likely that the sales season will quickly run out of steam. Many retailers have been carefully managing their stock positions to protect their margins where possible, in the expectation that Christmas 2010 would not be a blockbuster, irrespective of the weather.
‘’The industry knows it is in for a tough year ahead. As well as the VAT rise, customers are tightening their belts because they’re worried about prospects for their own jobs and personal finances in what are likely to be tougher economic conditions in 2011.”
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