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Clothing sales volumes fall in December

The volume of textiles, clothing and footwear sold in the UK fell 4.2% in December compared to the year before, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Clothing and footwear sales were down 6.2% on November - the largest monthly fall on record - reflecting the mild weather and shift towards buying discounted goods on Black Friday.

The average amount spent on clothing and footwear decreased by 3% year on year, while average prices fell 0.9%.

Across the entire retail industry, the volume sold in UK shops rose by 2.6% year on year in December. The total amount spent fell by 1%, while average store prices (including petrol stations) fell by 3.2% year on year. 

The value of online sales was up 8.2% on 2014, but down 5.2% on the previous month.

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  • What about online sales via Zalando and other non UK retailers? Are these captured in these figures?

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