The latest Quarterly Market Analysis Report (July to September 2017) published by the UK Charity Retail Association in early December 2017, saw strong sales indicators, including a 5.7 per cent like for like income growth. Plus 80 per cent of the report respondents saw positive growth in donated goods sales.

Additionally, between Q3 2016 and Q3 2017, income from electrical goods and menswear saw growth up by 17.7 per cent and 15.9 per cent respectively.  However, sales of furniture in general charity shops decreased by 1.4 per cent.

CEO of the UK Charity Retail Association, Robin Osterley, said the figures were in line with the recent Office of National Statistics report on retail sales, which indicated a strong overall performance from the charity retail sector. Clearly charity shops continue to meet the needs of people up and down the country, said Ms Osterley.

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