Sainsbury’s clothing arm Tu recorded double-digit like-for-like sales growth for the three months to June 7, as total retail sales rose 1%, excluding fuel.
Total like-for-likes dropped 1.1%, which outgoing chief executive Justin King put down to continued caution among consumers.
“Lower food price inflation and reduced fuel prices are a welcome respite to customers’ finances but they continue to spend cautiously, leading to industry growth in the quarter being the slowest in a decade,” he said.
Clothing and general merchandise were among the strongest-performing parts of the business, with clothing singled out as trading “particularly well”. Although Sainsbury’s does not break out the figures completely, it referenced “double-digit” sales figures for that division.
If successful it will be rolled out to the rest of the country in 2015.