Clothing helps boost retail sales in May

UK retail sales were up 0.5% in May, compared to the same month last year, helped by a strong growth in clothing sales, new figures show.

Clothing was the best performing category, reporting its highest growth since December 2011, while food was the lowest, the British Retail Consortium KPMG Retail Sales Monitor found.

For Non-Food, the 3-month average was 4.3%, ahead of the 12-month trend of 3.8%.

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Meanwhile, online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 17.0% in May versus a year earlier, said the BRC.

British Retail Consortium director general Helen Dickinson commented: “Customers took advantage of great summer fashion ranges and clothing sales had their best results since December 2011, performing better than any other category.”

KPMG head of retail David McCorquodale added: “With Easter distortions now behind us, the non-food sector is showing encouraging signs of growth with total sales growing by more than 4 per cent over the last quarter.

“Consumer confidence can still be fickle, but the response to targeted campaigns has been positive. Retailers are investing in their businesses and planning for further growth at home and abroad.”

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