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Stormy winds bring flurry of sales to Scottish indies

Some Scottish independents benefitted from the strong winds and storms that swept the country last week, as customers shopped locally to stock up on winter warmers.

Malcolm Evans, manager of two-store designer menswear indie Signature in Aberdeen, said despite the extreme weather, people were still out and about and were “ducking into the shop for cover”.

“Heavy coats, jumpers, hats and scarves were selling well, so the weather had a positive effect in that way,” he said.

John McAllan, co-owner of premium menswear indie McAllans in Caithness, said rather than suffering as a result of the bad weather, trade was given a boost.

“[The weather] probably benefitted us because it stopped people from travelling around so much and people just shopped on their local high street,” said McAllan.

Neil Lever, co-owner of young fashion indie Duo Menswear in Gourock, near Glasgow, added: “Comparing [footfall] figures with last year, it was fine.”

However, Natalie Anderson, owner of women’s footwear and accessories indie Elisabeth May Shoe Boutique in St Andrews, said dangerous driving conditions meant sales were down 60% to 70%.

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