Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Clothing & footwear drive UK's September sales growth
Clothing & footwear drive UK's September sales growth
Oct '12
UK retail sales values were up 1.5% on a like-for-like basis from September 2011, when they were up 0.3% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 3.4%, against a 2.5% rise in September 2011.

The recovery from last month was mainly driven by Clothing and Footwear, which saw its best growth since last Christmas, partly helped by the favourable weather. There were also some signs of revival in the Home and Furniture market.

Online sales picked up from August's record low ending the month on a strong note. However, on average, September – at 9.9% - remained weaker than this year's trend.

Stephen Robertson, Director General, British Retail Consortium (BRC), said: "After a poor summer for sales, this is a return to growth rates we've come to regard as relatively acceptable in these relentlessly tough times. The improvement has come from the weather and a change in the mindset of some customers.

"This September's colder conditions contrast sharply with the heatwave a year ago, giving clothing and footwear sales a major boost as shoppers stock up early on coats, boots and knitwear. Children's clothes and shoes did particularly well in September, partly because many people left back-to-school buying later this year as a result of competition for their time in August.

"It's not all good news - the on-going challenges in the housing market contributed to sales of home accessories falling at their fastest for three years - but there are signs that people are acclimatising to the new realities. Difficult has become the new norm. Customers are still cautious but less fearful than they were. The squeeze on disposable incomes has eased for some and, along with lots of discounts, left them feeling it's time to stop postponing spending. Retailers will be hoping this modest boost strengthens as Christmas approaches.

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: "After a turbulent year on the UK high street, September's sales figures bring much needed relief for retailers. The news that like-for-like sales rebounded to achieve the highest increase seen in 2012 may give many renewed heart as they enter the most important trading period of the year.

"September's surge in sales was driven primarily by customers buying winter woollies as the arrival of autumn/winter fashions heralded the end of an often wet summer and ‘back-to-school' drove increases in children's clothing and shoes.

"With the rent paid for the last quarter before Christmas and most seasonal orders now made, the bets for the final quarter have been placed. Retailers will now be hoping that the consumer finds some confidence for 2013 to drive sales for the next three months. If that doesn't happen there's a real risk that the retailers will be forced to discount their seasonal margins away."

"Shoppers have been on an ‘optimism rollercoaster' this year, feeling better about the future in the summer, but becoming more cautious as the nights draw in. Food companies will be hoping for milder weather through the rest of autumn and for themed events, such as Halloween, to help boost sales."

British Retail Consortium (BRC)

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 26th Oct 2016

SGS develops 4C chemical management model for apparel

SGS, a leading inspection, auditing, certification, testing, and...

Textiles | On 26th Oct 2016

Whitehouse & URI Business Centre start RI textile network

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the University of Rhode Island...

Textiles | On 25th Oct 2016

Arvind to dilute 10% stake in brand business arm

Arvind Limited, one of India’s largest integrated textile and apparel ...

Interviews View All

Dharmendra Shah
Ozone PB Spintex Limited

‘We have made huge investments to ensure quality yarn production.’

Amit Jain
Shingora Textiles Ltd

‘In terms of fabric, the fastest growing category for us is a blend of...

Amrit Sethia

‘The intimatewear category in India is slowly becoming trend-sensitive.’

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Marcel Alberts

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer Prathyusha Garimella is known for blending...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search