FIGURES provided by the Institut français de la mode (Ifm) show that retail sales of apparel in France rose by 4.9 per cent year-on-year in October 2015. At the same time in 2014, sales had declined by 4.3 per cent. Volume distribution chains benefited most from the increase, with a gain of 12.2 per cent, while home shopping channels suffered a 4.4 per cent decline. The October sales revival allowed the first ten months of the year to show a 1 per cent year-on-year increase.
Considering the effects of high unemployment, the October gain is exceptional but November results are likely to show a setback as a result of terrorist attacks that month.