Warm weather drove up UK clothing and footwear sales in June, according to statistics released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) today (9 July).

Clothing and footwear were the best performing categories over the month. BRC senior analyst Anne Alexandre said fashion sales were boosted by the summer clearance sales, after shoppers put off purchases during the prolonged cold weather and were keen to catch up.

"Some retailers were in a good stock position and still waiting for the heatwave before discounting their high summer ranges while others had brought their clearance date forward," said Alexandre.

"Demand for essentials was again a strong theme last month and retailers had worked hard on their value proposition."

In footwear, several retailers commented on shoppers' price sensitivity, particularly in the children's segment, said Alexandre. There was a very good response to the sales, which made for a strong end to the month.

"Maybe due to the cool weather, sandals did not have a great season, while shoes were much trendier, especially for women."

Overall sales increased by 2.9%, rising 1.4% on a like-for-like basis.

"This is another respectable performance by UK retailers," added KPMG head of retail, David McCorquodale.  "Sales are moving in the right direction, albeit hard-earned and promotion driven. The statistics are all the more creditable as last year's sales included a Jubilee boost.

"Periods of sunshine helped to lift the gloom on the high street and retailers celebrated another month of rising sales.

"Sales of fashion and footwear particularly benefited from the change in seasons as shoppers refreshed their wardrobe and got ready to enjoy the warmer weather. These figures certainly underline the impact that weather can have on a retailer's performance."