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Sainsbury's clothing sales grow by double digits

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.

This week Sainsbury’s announced it is to start selling clothes online for the first time, through a trial initially taking place in the Midlands.

If successful it will be rolled out to the rest of the country in 2015.  

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