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Clothing and footwear led Scottish retail sales in June

Clothing and footwear was the best-performing retail category in Scotland for the eighth month running in June, and the only sector to report growth in total sales, now for the second consecutive month.

Although sales figures are not broken down for clothing and footwear, according to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor, total sales of non-food items fell 0.8% compared with June last year. Like-for-like sales in the non-food sector dropped 2% on last year.

Overall, sales at all retail categories declined 1.1%.

Summer clothing ranges had a strong start in June, which lessened as the weather grew cooler.

Within footwear, sandals and canvas sold best, while closed shoes did not perform as well. The report noted “particularly aggressive” footwear promotions, with some retailers keen to introduce their autumn collections in July.

Back-to-school products bolstered kidswear sales, which performed “very well” last month.

David Martin, head of policy and external affairs at the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “Warmer weather at the start of the month helped to get shoppers out, but as the weather cooled down so did sales.

“Despite a slight setback in consumer confidence in June, overall consumer confidence has rebounded significantly throughout 2014, and where consumers have made savings they now have the confidence to loosen their belts and increase spending on those discretionary non-food items. Fashion continues to benefit from this confidence.”

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