Scottish retailers had a ‘difficult start’ to 2015, as total sales in January fell 2.3% on the year before and the bad weather pushed more people into shopping online.
Total retail like-for-likes were down 3.1%, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium and KPMG Scottish Retail Sales Monitor. Non-food sales fell 3%.
Adjusted for the estimated effect of online sales, total non-food sales dropped 1.1%.
KPMG head of retail David McCorquodale said: “2015 got off to a difficult start for Scottish retailers as sales shrank by more than 2% against last year.
“While the decline may be partly explained by more inclement weather this year and January being a strong month for sales last year, it is clear that the considerable saving felt by consumers in petrol and fuel bills is not finding its way to the high street’s tills.”