The retail sector in Britain is rebounding from December, which was the worst retail month on record with shoppers spending $62.6 billion in a month battered by winter storms.
Sales rose a month ago, but from January to February, non-food store receipts fell 1.6 percent, while sales at food stores dropped 0.4 percent.
Online sales month-to-month rose 0.5 percent, while gasoline sales rose 0.6 percent. Otherwise, "There were decreases across all predominately non-food sectors," ONS said.
From a year ago, February sales were up 1.3 percent, although food stores have seen a decrease of 2.2 percent over the past 12 months.
For non-food stores, sales over the past year have risen 2 percent with a 17.3 percent increase in online and catalog sales and a 3.2 percent rise in fuel for motorists.