The increase in sales in charity shops could help other retailers, one business expert has claimed.
According to the Association of Charity Shops, these charitable retailers are not competing directly with other shops.
David Moir, head of policy and public affairs at the association, said: "In fact, increased footfall at charity shops should help other retailers by attracting shoppers to the high street."
He added that they provide "affordable, quality goods" which are bound to prove attractive to consumers during booming economic times as well as the bad.
The comments follow figures from Charity Finance which show the past year has been a good one for the sector with profits up 7.4 per cent on last year, more than double last year's 3.6 per cent increase.
Further findings show a total profit of £106.7 million among the 72 respondents that took part with this being largest percentage rise recorded since 2003.
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