High street sales of textile, clothing and footwear products in the UK were at their lowest growth for eight years during the lead up to Christmas, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Sales of these products were just 1% higher in volume during October, November and December, compared with the same period last year. It was the lowest rise since February 1999, when they grew 0.3%.

Figures from the ONS showed that three-monthly growth was reported in all retail sectors, except for non-specialised stores (which includes department stores), where sales fell by 1.6%.

Total retail sales volume in the UK was 3.6% higher than the same three month period a year ago, and the average weekly value of sales in December rose 1.4% to GBP6.8bn.