Clothing sales slipped in November after four months of solid growth, the first drop since June.
The CBI Distributive Trades Survey found that clothing sales dropped 15%, following a growth of 10% last month.
Across the high street, sales in November were flat for the second month in a row. Of those surveyed 35% said sales were up, while 34% said they were down, giving a balance of 1%. A balance of 24% said they expect sales to return to growth next month.
On the wholesaling side clothing, textiles and footwear sales had a negative balance of 3%.
Barry Williams, Asda chief merchandising officer for food, and chair of the CBI Distributive Trades Survey Panel, said: “This is the second month in a row that retailers’ expectations for growth have been disappointed, perhaps due in part to the mild start to autumn.
“But despite challenging conditions on the high-street, retailers remain optimistic for the Christmas period, and have taken on more employees in anticipation of a shopping rush that should add jingle to the tills.”