Clothing and footwear sales in Central London are continuing to struggle in the mild weather, according to new figures released today (10 December) which also suggest the capital is experiencing its worst sales growth for two years.

The data from the British Retail Consortium shows London's retail sales in November were 0.4% higher than a year earlier, on a like-for-like basis - the weakest since October 2005. In November 2006, sales rose 8.5% year-on-year.

Designer fashions remained strong, the BRC said, adding that Europeans remained the main spenders, while both American and Japanese visitors continued to be discouraged by the weakness of the dollar and the yen.

Kevin Hawkins, London Retail Consortium director, says the figures do "not bode well for the run-up to Christmas.

"Customer footfall was well down on last year and the widespread discounting by certain department stores, while boosting their sales, seems to have had little overall impact on the average performance.

"The recent reduction in interest rates has come not a moment too soon."