Clothing and footwear sales rose 4.9% by value and 2.9% by volume in January, compared with the same month last year.
Overall retail sales across all sectors, were up 8.2% by value and 5.3% by volume in January 2011 compared with January 2010, according to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
However, the monthly pattern of retail sales was affected by the increase in VAT and the adverse weather conditions experienced pre-Christmas, when the volume of retail sales declined. Sales volumes grew month-on-month between December and January by 1.9%.
Kate Davies, statistician for the Retail Sales Inquiry, said: “The underlying picture may therefore be better considered by noting that a 1.9 per cent growth in January and a decline of -1.4 in December combines to give a 0.5 per cent increase over these two months.”
The data from the ONS also showed that non-store retailing was 22.1% higher by volume and 21.3% more by value compared to a year ago.