Oxfam has reported its highest sales for five years on the back of increased demand for secondhand clothes and ethical gifts. Healthy sales of Fairtrade goods such as chocolate and coffee helped the charity post a 10% year-on-year rise in sales for November and December, worth £17.2m. However it is not clear whether all charity shops had reported such healthy sales increases. The Charity Retail Association (CRA) said indications were that overall most charity shops were seeing a small growth in sales. The charity retail sector contributed around £270m to parent charities in 2015-16, according to the CRA, with donated good accounting for four-fifths of income.
Source: The Guardian January 12, 2017 00:02 UTC