Shoppers stocking up on coats, boots and knitwear as the weather cooled in September helped retail sales return to growth, a trade association said today.
Retail sales values were up 1.5% on a like-for-like basis last month, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said, compared with a 0.4% drop in August.
Sales of clothing and footwear saw their best growth since last Christmas, partly helped by the favourable weather, the BRC added.
However, ongoing challenges in the housing market contributed to sales of home accessories falling at their fastest rate for three years.
The retail sector has had a tough year with the likes of clothing retailers JJB Sports and Peacocks, outdoor specialist Blacks Leisure, Clinton Cards and Game Group all going into administration.