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Sales hit a low this summer

Lousy weather slows down retail

Published fredag 10 augusti 2012 kl 13.48
Swedes are saving up for holidays rather than shopping for summer clothes. Photo: Lisa Mattsson/Sveriges Radio

Sales of shoes and clothes dropped dramatically this June compared to June of last year, which is likely to be a result of the poor weather this summer.

A recent report by the employers' organisation Svensk Handel shows that sales of clothes dropped by 4.3 percent, and sales of shoes dropped by 5.9 percent.

Mikael Sandstrom from Svensk Handel told Swedish Radio he was surprised by the drop in sales, but he said one explanation could be the bad weather.

"There has not been much incentive to buy summer items like shorts and sandals," he said.

Shopper Desiree Kamenicky told Swedish Radio that the bad weather at home means that most of her friends will be saving their money for trips abroad.

"If the weather were better, they probably would have stayed at home and gone clothes shopping", she said.

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