It’s been a busy December for Penarth’s independent retailers

A survey of independent retailers in Penarth has revealed that sales in December 2018 were up on those of Christmas 2017.

Despite falling sales being reported by many of the UK wide retail chains, figures from Penarth retailers showed that they were able to buck the trend,  pull in the customers and counter the gloom pervading high-streets elsewhere .

Despite bad weather in early December local customers really did “Shop in Penarth” and helped boost the local economy with most retailers reporting improved sales on last year

Local traders commented that, whilst the weather had put a dampener on footfall during the first two weeks of December, resilient and loyal customers had turned out in force in the run-up to Christmas to buy their gifts from local businesses.

This was in contrast to major chain retailers, such as Mothercare, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s  – all of whom reported weak Christmas trading results.

Justin Horton runs the popular children’s clothing shop “Funky Monkey” in Penarth town centre

Justin Horton, owner of popular independent  childrenswear store Funky Monkey, said “After a quiet November, we saw a good increase in sales during December compared to the previous two years; in particular people were really keen to support their local High Street and family businesses like ours.”

Mr Horton added “We also think that people weren’t fooled by ‘fake’ sales promotions in the big stores and recognised the quality of product and great customer service that Penarth retailers offer”.

Mel Griffin – proprietor of Penarth’s independent bookshop Griffin Books

Fellow Penarth retailer Mel Griffin of Griffin Books said  “Independent bookshops nationally saw buoyant Christmas trading, and we were no exception. “

Ms Griffin says “It’s great to see customers valuing the personal service, expertise and distinctive range of stock smaller shops are able to offer, and we hope to see this continue throughout the coming year.”

Worries over Brexit, security, anti-social behaviour and the increasingly high costs of running businesses in Penarth were top of traders’ concerns. In particular, the high cost of business rates continues to worry retailers in Penarth  – some of whom. it’s feared, may have to consider closure if business rates rise any further in 2019.

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  1. Birkett says:

    Shopping local, like so many things, is a habit. The more you do it, the more you’ll do it, if you know what I mean 🙂

    I encourage everyone to support local business. Bollocks to Amazon.

  2. JohnPowell says:

    Well done to all of the little businesses, if this is right they have worked so hard and in spite of all sorts of problems (punitive taxes, govt giveaways to tax avoiders, even the vindictive town council) .

  3. Voice of Reason says:

    Great news, congrats to all.

  4. Rosemary Smith says:

    I would like to know what shoppes found to buy!

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