Textiles, clothing and footwear was one of the five store types to show increases, with the largest contribution coming from non-store retailing.
There were increases in average store prices across all store types, excluding fuel prices, with prices edging up 2.8%.
The textile, clothing and footwear category saw a year-on-year increase of 4.5% in the quantity bought, and a 4.6% increase in the amount spent in the month of February.
Kate Davies, ONS senior statistician, says February's retail sales figures show fairly strong growth, with increases across all store types.
She adds, however: "The underlying trend suggests that rising petrol prices in particular have had a negative effect on the overall quantity of goods bought over the last three months." He adds: "In addition to economic conditions, the retail industry is also having to contend with a rapidly changing technology environment.