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Scottish retail sales down 1.4% in November

Retail sales in Scotland fell 1.4% year on year in November, while like-for-likes were down 2.6%, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium and KPMG.

Total non-food sales were 0.7% down on the previous year. David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “The welcome rise in Scottish footfall last month didn’t lead to a commensurate increase in the actual total value of retail sales in shops.

“That said, once the effects of shop price inflation are taken into account, the value of retail sales in Scotland did grow, edging up by 0.4%.

“Once again online sales, with double-digit growth recorded on and around Black Friday at the end of last month, dragged the overall non-food category into healthy territory which recorded growth of 0.9%.

“With fierce competition and promotions pushing shop price inflation to new lows, retailers will be hoping for some Christmas cheer with a far stronger showing across a wider range of product categories in December, in what is after all the most important trading period of the year.”

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