Belfast Telegraph

Cold and wet weather puts dent in clothes retail sales

By Josie Clarke

Retail sales across the UK fared better than expected in February but the cold and wet weather deterred shoppers from hitting the new spring and summer clothes collections, official figures suggest.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the quantity bought in the retail industry decreased by 0.4% on January, while year-on-year sales registered a 3.8% increase.

The figures show sales held up well in February after jumping in January, when they were seemingly lifted by price savvy consumers looking to take advantage of the clearance sales.

ONS head of retail sales Melanie Richard said: "Retailers had another strong month in February compared with last year with the exception of clothing and footwear.

"Some of those stores have been telling us that sales of their new spring and summer collections were hit by the cold and wet weather last month."

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