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Spending on clothing falls in June following later Sales

Consumer spending on clothing fell slightly from May to June as store prices rose 1.7%, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The amount spent fell by 0.1% month-on-month in June, while the volume of clothing bought fell by 2%.

Non-seasonally adjusted data showed an increase of 2.4% between May and June, but the ONS said this growth was lower than the same period in previous years.

It added the month-on-month in-store price inflation bucked the seasonal pattern, whereby prices generally fall in the months of January, June, July and December. The last time prices rose in June was in 2007.

The ONS said: “Feedback from several retailers suggests one possible explanation for this in that Sales in clothing stores have been delayed as consumers have continued to buy clothing from the summer ranges, as the good weather continues.”

The volume of clothing and footwear bought in June was up 0.9% and 4.7% respectively year-on-year. The amount spent on clothing rose by 3% and footwear by 6%. Clothing prices were up 2.1% and footwear 1.4%, its figures said.

Non-seasonally adjusted data showed the average weekly spend across the whole retail industry in June was £7.1bn, up from £6.9bn in May and £6.8bn in June 2013.

The data was compiled from a monthly survey of 5,000 retailers, including all large retailers employing 100 people or more.

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