Back to school shoppers and steady weather failed to revive sales in Scotland during August, according to a new report.
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Non-food retail sales fell by 3.7% in Scotland during August, compared to this time last year. Clothing and footwear sales were described as “sluggish” and “uninspiring” in the report from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) and KPMG.
SRC director David Lonsdale said: “This data should give our politicians pause for thought as they consider the government’s tax and spending plans for the year ahead, with retailers looking to the finance secretary to do more than just twiddle the dials in the upcoming Scottish budget.”
“Ministers should be wary about adding to the pressure on household disposable incomes at a time when consumer confidence remains fragile, by keeping a firm grip on personal tax rates,” he added.
Overall retail sales in Scotland fell by 2.2% in August - with food sales falling just 0.3%.