Value retailers, supermarkets and mail order businesses bucked the trend, growing their share by 1.1%, 0.6% and 0.6% respectively. This gave them shares of 11.4%, 7% and 7%.
But retailers have since reported a hike in sales for September. The BRC said UK like-for-like sales rose 3% last month, with clothing sales boosted by the cold weather. But it said consumer confidence continued to be hit by rising interest rates and wider credit crunch issues.
Separately, TNS’s report found that the maternitywear market was worth £110 million this year, and that non-specialist retailers account for 79% of maternity spend.