Strong retail growth reported at UK stations.

Network Rail’s announcement of plans to expand retail facilities as part of the upgrade of London’s Euston station follows the publication of station retail sales results for the period between April and June this year.
Whilst many of Britain’s high streets are struggling in the wake of the economic downturn, the infrastructure controller revealed like-for-like retail sales at the stations that it manages had increased by a respectable 3.7% when compared to the same period last year.

The results, which were compiled from the financials of retailers operating from 493 shops or retail units at the 16 stations that Network Rail manages, were slightly down on the previous quarter’s trend (January to March 2011), largely due to the later than usual Easter holiday and the royal wedding. During that period a 5.17% growth in like-for-like sales was recorded when compared to the same quarter the previous year.

Gatwick, followed by a number of London stations reported the strongest growth in sales. Outside the capital, Manchester (4.98%) and Leeds (4.60%) stations achieved the best results. Specialist food catering categories achieved the highest levels of growth with a 14.20% increase, followed by cards and stationery (13.37%).

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