Retail sales in Scotland grew by 1.5% like-for-like in October, with non-food sales little better than flat at 0.4%.
The like-for-like performance was slower than the UK as a whole, which recorded a 3.8% rise overall in October. However, Scottish sales held up better than the rest of the UK last Autumn, so the comps north of the border are stronger.
October clothing and footwear sales in Scotland were down against the year and were hit by mild autumnal weather which delayed purchases, according to the Scottish Retail Sales Monitor.
Womenswear was hit particularly hard in October while kidswear outperformed adult clothing sales. Winter outerwear and heavier knitwear struggled while light knitwear, dresses and jackets performed better.
Footwear sales were also down on the year with mild weather putting people off buying winter shoes and boots. The mild weather did boost sales of sports shoes and children’s footwear sold well over the month.
Scottish Retail Consortium, head of media, Richard Dodd described the performance as “middling” while KMPG, head of retail in Scotland, David McCorquodale said: “Confidence on the Scottish high street is returning, albeit slowly.”