Poor October sales for retailers

British clothing retailers saw October sales rise just 0.8% on last year as mild weather kept shoppers out of stores, according to figures released by the British Retail Consortium.

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Sluggish retail sales show recovery is a 'relentless slog'

David McCorquodale, head of retail at accountants KPMG, who sponsored today's retail sales survey by the British Retail Consortium said the poor figures show Britain's economic recovery is a "slow, relentless slog".

October was another difficult month for retailers, reminding us that recovery is a slow, relentless slog.

Whilst the summer months hinted at increased consumer confidence, retailers will struggle to maintain a sustained sales recovery until wage growth outpaces price inflation.

– David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG

Poor clothing sales impacts British retailers

October saw clothing sales plunge amid unseasonably warm weather, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG.

Britain's beleaguered retailers struggled to pick up sales last month. Credit: PA

Despite being hot on the heels of four fashion weeks, good weather kept October shoppers from buying autumn fashions - making clothing the only retail category in decline that month.

A like-for-like rise of just 0.8% compared to a bleak period last year has left firms relying on a "bumper Christmas".

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