By  on September 14, 2018

Clothing retailers scored big this back-to-school season, fueling hopes that the trend will continue into the vital Christmas trading months.

Spending on clothes jumped 6.7 percent in July and August, compared with the same period a year earlier, new government figures showed. This was the best performance in over 12 years and helped push total sales for the closely watched shopping period up to a 10-year high of 5.4 percent.

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