Strong clothing sales have helped supermarket giant Tesco to a 12.2 per cent increase in total sales for the 14 weeks ended 20 November.

UK sales increased 12.3 per cent, following on from 11.8 per cent growth in the second quarter. 

International sales rose 18.2 per cent at constant exchange rates and 11.9 per cent at actual exchange rates. 

The retailer said in a statement: "The core UK business has delivered another strong performance, sales and market share in non-food have increased, our international operations have continued to make good progress and our retailing services businesses have grown fast".

Tesco, which has seen success with clothing lines such as the Cherokee and Florence and Fred ranges, became the number one UK supermarket in 1995.