Growth in sales of clothing and footwear has helped push up UK retail sales by 0.6 per cent in November.

The higher-than-predicted sales came after heavy inflation in producer output price throughout November, a 1.5 per cent rise in consumer price inflation and higher average earnings increases in October.
 
The Office for National Statistics reported a 6.1 per cent increase in retail volumes from 2003, while total sales in November were estimated to have risen by 4.2 per cent to £21.1 billion
 
However, retail prices in the November period fell 0.1 per cent on a year-on-year basis, with the clothing and footwear sectors seeing especially big cuts.