Nearly three-quarters of UK shoppers say they intend to increase their spending on clothes and shoes this Christmas, offering some hope to retailers who are desperately hoping for better results than last year's dire performance.

But the news is not so good for retailers elsewhere, after figures from business analyst Datamonitor revealed that consumers globally are intending to significantly cut their spending on similar items.

Its latest survey found 72% of consumers expect to spend more than normal on clothes and shoes, a rise of 8% rise since a similar study was carried out in June. 

The global average, however, has dropped by 30% since June, with just 40% of worldwide shoppers now saying they expect to up their spending.

The change in attitude stems from a growing number of consumers feeling the recession has bottomed out - and points to a faster pace of recovery for retailers in the UK. 

"The survey results act to reinforce the feeling that as the year has progressed, UK consumers have become more optimistic about their spending because they believe we've seen the worst of the recession," notes Annabel Gorringe, senior financial analyst at Datamonitor.

Earlier today (17 December) the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said retailers are quietly confident of a better Christmas than last year, after official figures showed year-on-year sales of clothing and footwear stores rose by 1.5% in value and jumped 7.1% in volume in November.