South Africa's seasonally adjusted real retail trade sales (at constant 1995 prices) for the first 11 months of 2001 climbed 4.1 per cent on the year-ago period with the largest increase in ladies', girls' and infants' clothing and accessories.

According to information released by Stats SA on Thursday, the 8.7 per cent jump in that merchandise category was identical to the rise in the footwear category for men, women and children.