A new survey from Statistics Canada, says women spent almost twice as much on clothing last year ($11.5 billion) than men ($6.1 billion.). In total, consumers spent $26.9 billion on clothing, footwear and accessories in 2001, up 2.9 per cent. However, the report notes: "Overall consumer spending in retail stores increased 4.5 per cent in 2001, despite worries of an economic slowdown. However, this was the weakest annual gain since 1998."