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Clothing and footwear prices rise in August

Shop prices for clothing and footwear rose 0.6% from July to August, bucking the overall downwards trend for consumer goods.

Overall shop prices fell for the 16th consecutive month in August, dropping another 1.6% year on year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Nielsen Shop Price Index.

Clothing and footwear prices rose 0.6% from July to August, compared to a 0.1% fall from June to July. August saw a fall in the level of deflation in clothing and footwear prices to 10.2% from 11.2% in July.

The BRC said reduced cotton prices – which, as Drapers reported last week, are at their lowest level for several years – had proved to be “good news for retailers and consumers alike”.

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