Charity shops top retail sector's sales over Xmas period

Charity shops outperformed the retail sector in like-for-like sales over the Christmas period, according to figures just released from the Association of Charity Shops.

Sales results for the last quarter of the financial year show that Christmas 2002 was a particularly strong period for the charity sector's outlets, which continue to grow in profits year on year.

"The retail sector showed an increase of about 2 to 3 per cent over the last quarter and charity shops easily outperformed this figure," said Lekha Klouder, executive secretary at the Association of Charity Shops.

The association could not release details of figures because data is only available to its paying members.

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