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Clothing sales rise in October

Clothing sales rose 10% in October outperforming the wider retail sector during the month.

The CBI Distributive Trades Survey found that following three months of strong year-on-year growth revenues across the retail sector slowed in October.

Of those surveyed 42% said sales volumes were up compared to last year, while 39% said they were down.

However 23% of retailers expect growth to return in November and orders placed with suppliers rose modestly during the month.

During October footwear and leather retailers performed strongly with a 37% growth in sales, with general clothing up 10%.

However on the wholesale side clothing, textiles and footwear saw a 10% decline in sales.

Barry Williams, Asda chief merchandising officer for food, and chair of the CBI Distributive Trades Survey Panel, said: “Although the high street recovery stalled this month, there is optimism that it was just a blip on the previous run of three months’ growth. Retailers expect sales to pick up next month and are upping orders with their suppliers.”

He added: “It’s also encouraging to see that signs are pointing towards increased consumer confidence - backed up by continuing growth in certain areas such as furniture and carpets; recreational goods; footwear and leather - all did particularly well in October.”

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