The combined sales of textiles, clothing and footwear stores climbed by 1.2 percent in volume and 4 percent in value in the U.K. in December as compared to the same month a year earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics. A strong Christmas selling season contributed to boost total retail sales in Britain by 5.3 percent, representing the fastest monthly growth since October 2004 and indicating a turnaround in consumption. Internet sales were up by 11.8 percent as compared to December 2012. Analysts expect more moderate growth in the first part of 2014.