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Stephen Wilken...Black Friday, fewer trading days will make December tough, but good merchandise for winter.

Behr’s: Retail competition has increased

Published: 31st Oct 2017
Author: Stephen Wilken; member; Behrs cc - Retail independent and supplier to repairers
East London, SA - Turnover is down about 5%.
 
Aside from the macro factors, there's increasing chain competition for our Oxford Street store. Our Vincent Park Centre store is relocating to smaller premises because Clicks want our space. I'm hoping the lower rental will be beneficial.
 
Obviously I hope for political change, because it would make a huge difference to have some positivity. From our side, we try to do what we know, but better.
 
I expect Christmas trading to be tough. A lot of money went on Black Friday. Also, I think with the way the public holidays fall this year, we will have 1 or 2 fewer trading days, which really makes a difference.
 
For winter, a lot depends on the weather. We are, however, seeing good merchandise from suppliers, and there's a lot more comfort on offer. - +27 (0)43 743 3375, behrscc@mweb.co.za, https://www.facebook.com/Behrs.Shoes/
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