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Scottish retail sales enhanced last month but still plunged by more than a quarter, according to a routine study.
Total sales in May were down year-on-year by 27.6%, although this was an improvement on the record low taped in April (322%).
General food sales rose 3.6%, with grocers reporting a greater basket spend than prior to the Covid-19 crisis, the SRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor found.
But there was a 53.2%drop in overall non-food sales.
The Scottish Retail Consortium said continuous constraints on trading were bringing lots of merchants “to the verge”.
Because late March, only stores in Scotland considered as vital – such as food stores, pharmacies, banks and garages – have been allowed to stay open.
In Northern Ireland and England, non-essential shops have now reopened, but no date has yet been set for Wales and Scotland.
Nevertheless, Scotland is anticipated to relocate to the second phase of the federal government’s “path map” towards lifting lockdown on Thursday, which might see a “safe reopening” of more stores and work environments.
The most recent SRC-KPMG display suggests online sales, especially of non-food products, have actually ended up being significantly crucial.
Games and electricals performed well last month, as did cooking area devices.
Nevertheless, the figures likewise suggested style and shoes sales had a hard time as schoolchildren and workplace workers did not require uniforms or workwear.
SRC head of policy Ewan MacDonald Russell stated: “While the figures were an enhancement on April’s record low, restrictions on trading are bringing numerous merchants to the verge.
” The existing crisis is requiring sellers who are presently disallowed from opening to accelerate the relocate to online and multi-channel sales.
” When integrated with weak consumer need and confidence, there is a genuine threat of getting in a vicious financial cycle where decreased retail, hospitality, leisure and other sales results in more pressure on companies through the supply chain, which leads to less employees.”
Paul Martin, KPMG UK head of retail, stated there was a “twinkle of hope” for the industry following April’s record low sales figures.
He said: “The food sector is naturally holding its own but the focus now moves to the hundreds of independent and chain non-food retailers preparing to open their doors as limitations ease.
” For Scotland’s retailers, the battle for survival is far from over.
” With the safety of workers and consumers at the forefront, merchants will need to slowly restore footfall and profits with ingenious public health measures and a margin boosting sales method.
” June might end up being a crucial month as the sector, and customers, come to terms with an extremely various looking high street.”
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