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Scottish retail sales rise 1.9%

Scottish retail sales rose 1.9% in the year to April 2014, according to research from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC).

The SRC's Retail Sales Monitor has revealed that sales during April 2014 were 1.1% higher than April 2013, when they fell 3%.

The research found that total sales in April 2014 were up 3.3% in real terms after accounting for shop price deflation.

Key findings:

  • food sales were 1.1% higher than April 2013
  • non-food sales were up 2.6% on April 2013
  • adjusted for estimated online sales, total non-food sales would have risen by 3.2%.
  • The SRC also revealed that shopper numbers in Scotland increased by 5.2% in April 2014 - the biggest increase since the SRC began recording figures in December 2012. 

David Lonsdale, director of the SRC, said:

"The strong footfall data published earlier this week translated into clothing and footwear turning in the best performance in this category for over three years. This was driven by shoppers' updating their wardrobes with seasonal wear and through purchases of children's clothing.

"Sales of bigger ticket items such as furniture, gardening, DIY and materials for revamping the home also did well, and total food sales picked up too.

"What is most heartening is that a broader range of indicators crucial to the health of Scotland's retail industry have begun pointing in a more positive direction. Retail sales and footfall are both up, and the number of empty retail properties has fallen."