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Scottish sales rise 0.8% in August

The Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) said it sees “hints of optimism” on the high street after like-for-like sales rose 0.8% in August, compared with a year earlier.

However, non-food sales fell 0.3% as shoppers were still reluctant to spend on clothing, according to the SRC-KPMG Scottish Retail Sale Monitor for August.

The Scottish like-for-like sales were better than elsewhere in the UK for the first time since late 2007, after trailing behind the UK in April, May and July.

Total retail sales rose by 5.7%m with non-food sales growing 4%.

The consortium said sales growth has stalled somewhat since a sun-driven boost in June, but August showed an improvement on July.

Scottish Retail Consortium spokesman Richard Dodd said: “There are hints of optimism within these figures. Scottish sales growth is holding up better than elsewhere in the UK.

“But, for established stores, sales growth was weak and barely changed from July. We weather hit sales of summer food and drink and seasonal fashions. Slwoing food inflation and price falls on a range of non-food goods undermined overall sales figures.”


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