Comps decent in between-seasons transition
October 1, 2013-- Home Textiles Today,
New York - Back-to-School is largely over, but the Halloween season is just starting to kick in, leading to a 3.8% comp increase last week, according to the Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index.
"Retailers say shopping for the actual Halloween event generally begins earlier and tends to generate more sales volume," said Catlin Levis, Redbook analyst.
While some retailers reported modest Halloween sales, for discounters sales were driven by consumables and basics, she added.
For the retail week ended Sept. 28, same-store sales rose 4.6% in the discount channel and 2.3% in the department store segment.
September is a five-week month on the retail calendar and ends on Oct. 5.