UK consumer spending on clothes increased in September, with online performing particularly well, according to figures released today (7 October).

Spending in family clothing stores grew 2.5% with shoppers shaking off austerity and parting more readily with their money, according to data from Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of all card transactions in the UK.

Online clothing spend performed particularly well, with men's and women's clothing surging 38% and 36.1% respectively.

Barclaycard attributed the growth to consumers updating their wardrobes for autumn and buying the latest fashion trends online before they hit the high street.

Total consumer spending grew 3% - above inflation for sixth month in a row. Average transaction values fell but the number of transactions grew, as consumers looked for the best deals from various shops.

Barclaycard chief executive Val Soranno Keating said: "Shoppers are spending more but they remain cautious and we're seeing them make smart choices to stretch the household budget - using public transport instead of the car, eating out more but spending less each visit, and shopping around supermarkets to take advantage of the best offers.

"There's been a lot of debate over the scale of the economic recovery and whilst we're not quite out of the woods yet, the fact that consumer confidence is at a six-year high, economic growth is up, and spending continues to grow, clearly shows that we're on the right path."