UK supermarket operator Sainsbury's said clothing sales grew during the first quarter, despite tough comparatives from the Jubilee and good weather last year.

The retailer recorded 5.2% clothing sales growth during the quarter ended 8 June.

A spokesperson for the retailer told just-style that lingerie recorded 21% sales growth, swimwear was up 48%, sales of dresses increased 48%, men's jackets increased 170%, and the range developed in collaboration with Gok Wan recorded a 28% sales increase.

Chief executive Justin King said the company's strategy of focusing on general merchandise categories which are complementary to its food offer is "helping us to gain market share", with non-food continuing to grow at twice the rate of food.

Overall sales grew 3.6%, while like-for-like sales grew 0.7% and market share reached 16.8%.
"This has been a solid performance in what continues to be a tough consumer environment. During the quarter we lapped some of our strongest performance of last year, culminating in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and have extended our track record to 34 quarters of like-for-like growth," said King.