UK same-store retail sales decreased during September for the sixth month in a row, according to a report released by the British Retail Consortium.

Same-store sales fell 0.8 per cent during September 2005 compared with September 2004 sales, the British Retail Consortium/KPMG monitor survey said.

However the decrease was less than the ten per cent slide posted in August and marked the smallest fall since June.

Total retail sales during the month rose 3.1 per cent on a year-on-year basis, which was a slight improvement on the previous two months' sales figures.

Sales of clothing and footwear dropped more than in July and August, the survey said.

BRC director-general Kevin Hawkins: "While the underlying trend does not appear to be getting any worse, it is still too soon to say that things are improving".