South Africa's seasonally adjusted real retail trade sales - at constant 1995 prices - for the first 11 months of 2001 climbed 4.1 per cent on the year-ago period with the largest increase in ladies', girls' and infants' clothing and accessories.

According to information released by Stats SA on Thursday, that 8.7 per cent jump was identical to the rise in the footwear category for men, women and children.

For the three months to November 2001, South Africa's seasonally adjusted real retail trade sales increased 4.5 per cent compared with same period in the year prior with the largest increase of 6.7 per cent in men's and boys' clothing and accessories.