Clothing helps retail sales jump 3.3% in July

Retail sales rose 3.3% in July, the highest rise since May last year, driven by clothing and non-store sales, according to retail sales figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

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Sales of clothing and footwear sales saw the strongest growth with clothing performing particularly well, increasing 10.3% year on year, while non-store retail, which includes online and mail order sales, rose 12.9% year on year, continuing its strong performance.

Food store sales increased 2% year on year, and enjoyed the strongest growth since 2007 in the three months to July growing 1.4% across the period.

Homeware stores continued to struggle, dropping 1.3% year on year, and falling 5.5% in the three months to July.

Total sales over the three months to July were up 1.6%.

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