By Daniel Hunter

Unusually mild weather in September prompted a 0.3% fall in retail sales, compared with August.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said volumes of sales were down 0.3% on August, but showed strong annual growth with sales 2.7% above September 2013.

The fall was more than expected by most analysts, and the worst performance of retail sales since January. Market experts believe it adds to the increasingly gloomy picture over the UK's economic growth.

The unusually warm weather put consumers off buying winter clothes. Clothing and footwear sales were down 7.8% between August and September, the biggest monthly fall since April 2012. But the ONS said sales were weaker in other sectors as well.

In store prices were down 1.4% in September, the deepest decline for more than five years.

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