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Clothing and footwear sales up 3.3% by value in June

Clothing and footwear sales rose 3.3% year on year by value and 4.2% by volume in June.

The latest Office for National Statistics report showed that the volume of retail sales excluding fuel was up 3.1% on the previous year. The value of retail sales excluding fuel increased 3.2% .

On a three-month basis, the value of retail sales were up 3.2% and the volume was up 2.6%.

The value of sales excluding fuel for June, compared to May, was up 0.6%, and the volume was up 1%.

Richard Lowe, head of retail and wholesale at Barclays Corporate, said: “Many shoppers had delayed buying summer clothes until last month due to the unseasonal weather we experienced in April and May when consumers traditionally spend on holiday items.

“Controversially, England’s early exit from the World cup was also good news for the sector as it saved several trading days which would have otherwise been lost to crucial games. It is, however, undoubtedly getting more challenging for the sector despite June’s strong month-on-month rise”.

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