UK supermarket chain Tesco is looking to start selling clothes online but has yet to set up concrete plans, a spokeswoman told just-style today.

Chief executive Terry Green had been reported in the press as saying the firm would be trialling online sales and also catalogues. The company has reportedly earmarked millions to expand its clothing offering.

"Clothing is a relatively small business for us at the moment but it is growing quite quickly," the spokeswoman said, adding: "We are obviously really excited by the growth prospects and pleased customers love the value of our ranges."

She said "the consumer would be the winner" from the planned expansion of the company's clothing offering, but said Tesco was not aiming to compete with other retailers.

The company has been slammed for driving out smaller chains by selling everything from clothes to electrical goods at cheap prices.Calls from organisations such as the Federation for Small Businesses have led to an inquiry into the 'Big Four' supermarkets' increasing domination of the grocery sector.

The firm has consistently played down its growing monopolisation of the retail market. A spokeswoman told just-style recently Tesco queried the 'non-food' categorisation as a lot of competitors are larger in separate areas, pointing out that electrical store such as Currys sells many more electrical goods than Tesco.

However Green has also said he will continue to grow Tesco's non-food offering, while just-style was told recently that 'non-food' is growing at about twice the rate of food.

According to a recent report by Verdict Research, the retailer will become the UK's leading non-food chain by the end of the year, taking over from Argos Retail Group, which in August held about 3.3% of the non-food market compared with Tesco's 3.2%.

"As Tesco opens more of its largest Extra stores over the next few years, we can expect to see a lot more clothing, homewares, and electrical goods in Tesco's stores," said Alastair Lockhart, an analyst at Verdict Research.

Other clothing plans could allegedly include 'quasi-department store outlets' and employing well-known design names to inject more of a fashion-forward edge to ranges