Shoppers are online in cold April

Cold and wet April weather encouraged UK shoppers to buy clothing online, spending 85% more on the web than in the year before, figures suggest.

Industry body Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) said £326m was spent on clothing through the internet, amid snow and rain last month.

The increase is in stark contrast to sales on the High Street, which have been bleak lately.
The credit freeze and higher household bills have made consumers cautious.
According to the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, shoppers are still spending, but more judiciously.
Lingerie sales were up 72% in April compared with the same month last year, while footwear was up 20%, the index based on about 60 online retailers found.