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Retail sector anomaly – just how bad are things?

By most accounts January was a disastrous month for retail with three major brands collapsing into administration. However the British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported this week that retail sales grew last month - up 1.9% compared with the same time last year.

Was it the Christmas and January sales season of doom, or was it really not that bad on the High Street?

If you have retail clients, what has been their experience over the last few months?

What observations would you make?

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13th Feb 2013 13:09

Its the rent...

It could be rental demands on the quarter day which can't be met even though sales were up leading to the plug being pulled.  Another seemingly anomalous event is when personal bankruptcies increase when the property market rises as creditors believe that debtors move out of negative equity.

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