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Sales stalled on Scotland’s high streets last month in the face of hard trading conditions and disappointing weather condition, according to a survey.
The SRC-KPMG retail sales screen found total sales fell year-on-year by 0.8%. Changed for deflation, the fall was 0.1%.
Sellers reported that grocery, health items and some indoor classifications such as electrical items fared well.
But fashion and footwear tape-recorded its weakest performance considering that last May.
While overall food sales were up by 2.9%on February 2019, non-food sales decreased by 3.8%.
Scottish Retail Consortium director David Lonsdale said the most recent figures underlined how challenging trading conditions remained in February.
Glam black street fashion ‘ Little respite’
He said: “There was little respite for consumers or store owners, who were buffeted by a maelstrom of numerous storms and depressing weather condition which kept customers at bay, shrinking tramp in the process.
” Even before the start of coronavirus, sellers were dealing with major headwinds of drooping need and rising expenses.”
Paul Martin, UK head of retail for KPMG, said: “While Brexit was the dominant theme in 2019, retailers are now getting ready for a possibly far greater challenge from coronavirus, with demand likely seriously affected for a minimum of the next few weeks.
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” Regardless of the frustrating scale of the problems ahead, the retail sector in Scotland is working relentlessly to progress and endure.
” Now is the time for politicians to work carefully with the market to prevent potentially permanent damage from this international crisis.”
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