UK retail sales rose 1.2% on a like-for-like basis in November, falling well below average for the year to date, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium.

Clothing and footwear sales dropped below year-earlier levels, with women's wear having had a particularly disappointing month the survey said.

Consumer confidence has been hit by rising interest rates, the slowing housing market and financial uncertainties.

November's like-for-like growth is just above October's 1.0%, while total sales for the month increased by 3.1%.

Kevin Hawkins, director general of the British Retail Consortium, said: "This result was not unexpected, given that November is traditionally a quiet month for sales and that many consumers are feeling apprehensive about next year.

"Much of this modest growth, however, came in the fourth week of the month thanks to an upsurge in discounting activity. This points yet again to a very price-conscious Christmas for many consumers."