Like-for-like UK retail sales rose 3.0% in September, with colder weather at the end of the month helping clothing and footwear sales to pick up further from a poor July.

According to the British Retail Consortium, which released the figures, consumer confidence is being hit by interest rate rises and financial worries after a recent banking crisis.

Kevin Hawkins, BRC director general comments: "Sales were slightly better than anticipated for two reasons - firstly, the weather gave a much-needed fillip to the clothing and footwear sectors, but secondly and more importantly, price promotions and cuts in base prices were widespread across all sectors, resulting in an unprecedented number of buying opportunities."

However looking ahead, Helen Dickinson, head of retail at KPMG warned: The real acid test will come in the lead up to Christmas, so there is no time for complacency - there is also no doubt that it will be challenging for many retailers, as the low growth backdrop looks set to continue."