Scottish retail sales record best growth in two years in June
Figures released by the Scottish Retail Consortium and KPMG show that the total sales growth almost matched the 2.9% rise for the UK as a whole, making it the best comparison since March 2011. On a like-for-like basis, sales increased by 0.3%.
Fiona Moriarty, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: "It's really positive to see that the tentative boost in May gathered strong momentum in June, propelling Scottish sales growth to a level almost in line with the rest of the UK and its highest since April 2011. Warmer weather and a steady rise in consumer confidence are key factors behind this encouraging improvement.”
The SRC found that food was the stand-out performer in the month, rising by 4% on a total basis as sunshine and cautious optimism about the economy encouraged shoppers to stock up on seasonal, barbeque and celebratory food. Total non-food sales increased by 1.8% driven by clothing and footwear sales.
Moriarty added: "Retailers' spirits will be buoyed by this strong showing which is well above the annual and six-month averages and chimes with the decent footfall growth we saw earlier this week. Hopefully the good weather and improving economic outlook will deliver more of the same in July."
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