Clothing sales grew 4.3% month on month in May after poor weather led to a disappointing April, according to the Office of National Statistics.
Overall, retail sales volumes rose by 0.9% month on month in May, boosted by the uplift in clothing. This was a rise of 6% on May 2015.
Separately, the IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index showed online clothing sales were up 24% month on month in May, the highest rate of increase since 2013. Better weather was again credited for the buying boost as consumers looked to fill their wardrobes with summer clothes.
Bhavesh Unadkat, management consultant in retail customer engagement design at Capgemini, said: “The country experienced record temperatures in May and this was reflected in the performance of the fashion and garden sectors, which both recorded significant growth.”