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Scottish merchants have actually enjoyed a positive start to the year, according to a routine survey.
The SRC-KPMG retail sales screen found total sales rose year-on-year by 1.3%in January. Changed for deflation, the boost was 1.7%.
Food sales were especially strong, increasing by 2.7%, with Hogmanay and Burns Night celebrations falling within the duration.
On the other hand, overall non-food sales rose just partially on the previous year.
Small electricals, Do It Yourself products, smart phones and furniture performed well, with “a portion” of those sales being driven by discounting.
Nevertheless, fashion and footwear sales continued to be slow, with a mix of damp weather and customers’ concerns over sustainability appearing to hinder purchases.
KPMG UK head of retail Paul Martin, said: “January is generally a tough month for Scotland’s retail sector, so any rise – however modest – will be a little victory for the industry following an extremely tough2019
” Greater certainty over Brexit has actually certainly played its part in encouraging buyers to invest more, but there are some indications that the go back to development is being driven mainly by aggressive sales and marketing activity by high street merchants, which isn’t always great news for bottom lines.”
Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) head of policy Ewan MacDonald-Russell added: “Like early daffodils, this month’s sales figures advance signs of optimism for Scotland’s retailers after a chilly couple of months.
” Genuine terms sales development of 1.7%will bring a little relief to the high street, particularly offered the more broadly-based pick-up across categories, however it remains to be seen if that uplift will be sustained over the next few months.”
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