Online clothing sales in the UK fell by 2% during April, compared to the previous month, with the lingerie sector showing evidence of contracting.

Latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index showed that total online sales in the month grew by 14% compared to April 2008.

It also found UK shoppers are spending GBP10 more online per visit compared to a year ago despite the recession.

The research group said that the clothing sector's negative growth for the month of April was the first in the history of the Index.

A year on year increase of 17% was also below the average yearly growth for the clothing sector in the last 12 months. Lingerie sales fell 26% year-on-year, according to Capgemini.

Mike Petevinos, head of consulting for retail for Capgemini UK, said: "The e-retail industry continues to perform well during the recession with year on year growth at around 15% being achieved consistently over the last 10 months.

"We are also seeing growth in the average basket value with UK shoppers spending GBP10 more online per visit compared to a year ago. It is, however, clear that the online market is maturing, with seasonal fluctuations becoming more noticeable in certain sectors as they are no longer obscured by the 50% plus year on year growth rates of the past."