ONS figures have revealed that retail sales grew month-on-month and year-on-year in January. Sales volumes were up 1.6% in January 2011 compared to December 2010 and up 5.3% on the same month in 2010.

The Office of National Statistics said the rise in trading proves the effect that poor weather has on retail sales as both January 2010 and December 2010 were hit by adverse weather and heavy snow.

The value of retail sales also increase year-on-year in January by 6.7% thanks in no small part to online sales and non-food stores.

The non-food sector saw a number of areas with increases, most notably with household goods stores up 8.1% and clothing, textiles and footwear increasing by 4.9%.

Kate Davies, statistician for the Retail Sales Inquiry, said “The month-on-month growth of 1.9% including petrol sales in January followed a decline in retail sales volume of 1.4% in December.

“ The underlying picture may therefore be  better considered by noting that 1.9% growth in January and decline of -1.4% in December combine to give a 0.5% increase over these two months.”

The ONS also commented that the VAT increase at the start of January pushed shoppers into spending in a bid to avoid the increase.

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