New Look was upbeat on Wednesday as it focused on the positives in its end-of-Q3 report rather than its continuing sales fall. But it seemed justified in that view as the business is clearly improving.
A clear picture of June shopping in the UK is emerging and shows footfall rising as the sun shone. But it's not all good news for the fashion sector as specialist fashion stores and department stores saw falling sales.
Another day, another UK retail sales report that contradicts other sales reports. Just a day after Visa said fashion retail had a tough time in June, the BRC said non-food sales rose last month, helped by fashion spend.
Cautious shoppers stayed away from physical stores in greater numbers in May and fashion shops suffered the most. Hopes are low for June too after the shock election result, despite the month's warm weather boost.
UK retail and fashion firms face more uncertainty as the general election result shows no party with an overall majority. There are problems ahead but also a silver lining as the soft Brexit prospects have strengthened.
UK fashion retailers are caught in a price paradox this spring as new data shows non-food prices falling at a faster rate than while a survey also shows consumers plan to cut their spending overs fears about inflation.
UK physical store footfall dropped again in January as the shift of non-food purchases online suggested it will be a tough year for stores in fashion and other key categories. Malls were the worst hit by the drop.