Mixed clothing sales in December 2004 contributed towards the lowest UK retail sales growth since spring 2003 according to the British Retail Consortium.

Like-for-like sales in December dropped 0.4 per cent on a year-on-year basis, compared with the 0.2 per cent decrease in November.

The fall in sales during what was the worst December in the last decade was the biggest since March 2003, the BRC reported.
 
Total sales, however, increased 2.5 per cent from last year compared to 2.4 per cent in November.