High street joy as warm front lifts clothing sales

Shoppers flocked to Princes Street in Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL
Shoppers flocked to Princes Street in Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL
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APRIL’S unseasonally warm weather helped send the cash registers ringing last month as clothes stores saw their best performance for four years thanks to a rush to stock up on summer outfits.

Shoppers hit the high street to take advantage of falling prices, with official figures showing UK retail sales volumes jumped by a bigger-than-expected 1.2 per cent month-on-month in April, recovering from a surprise 0.7 per cent fall in March. The Office for National Statistics said clothing sales surged by 5.2 per cent by volume between March and April – the biggest rise since April 2011. The upbeat figures come just days after industry data pointed to a lacklustre April for Scottish retailers with total sales down by 1 per cent, year-on-year.