Fashion sales volumes experienced their biggest fall for three-and-a-half years, the ONS said this morning.
Fashion volumes experienced their largest fall since April 2008, down 2.1% due to the warm weather at the end of the month, athough sales in the category were up 0.4% in value terms.
Overall the volume of retail sales rose 0.6% compared with September 2010, with the value of sales rising 5.4%.
Deaprtment store sales volumes grew by 4% and values by 4.4%, which the ONS said was driven by promotions.
In the non-store retailing sector, sales rose 15.5% by volume and 15.6% by value.