UK retail like-for-like sales fell 1.2% during March, despite a strong performance from the clothing and footwear sector.

Total retail revenues were up 0.6% on an overall basis, according to the figures released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) in association with KPMG.

However, the BRC pointed out that sales were "very weak" in March 2008, when they were hit by extremely poor weather.

"Easter falling in April this year, but in March last year, together with warm, sunny weeks this March, but snow and rain last March, make comparisons difficult," the BRC warned.

But it said that the decline in non-food sales was smaller than in February, boosted by the performance of the clothing, footwear and outdoor leisure sectors, which benefited from the warmer weather.

Non-food, non-store sales - including internet, mail order and telephone sales - were up 10.8% on last March, continuing the slowdown since the 30% year-on-year gain in December.