Clothing, textile and footwear store sales rose 6.5% by value and advanced 4.4% by volume in February, the Office for National Statistics reported.
Retail sales across the whole sector rose 1.9 per cent month-on-month by value during the month and advanced 2.1% by volume.
Year-on-year, the value of sales was up 4.9% and volume 3.5%. Excluding automotive fuel, year-on-year growth was 5.3% by value and 5.4% by volume.
The 4.9% increase included 0.9 points rise from non-store retailing. Non-store volumes climbed 20.4%.
Deloitte strategic advisor Richard Hyman said the strong year on year performance had to be viewed against weak comparatives in 2009 and a boost from sales diverted from retailers that hit the wall.
“Without such a boost, it is questionable whether the annual retail sales growth figure of 3.5% wouldn’t be closer to zero,” he said.