Food sales rise but all others fall

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FOOD sales rose last month but de­creased in all other cat­e­gories, ac­cord­ing to Scot­tish Re­tail Con­sor­tium fig­ures.

The sales mon­i­tor cover­ing the four weeks from De­cem­ber 31 to Jan­uary 27 showed Scot­tish sales fell by 0.7% on a like-for-like ba­sis com­pared with Jan­uary 2017.

To­tal sales in Scot­land de­creased by 0.1% com­pared with the same pe­riod last year.

How­ever to­tal food sales in­creased by 4.2%.

Ewan Mac­Don­ald-Rus­sell, SRC head of pol­icy and ex­ter­nal af­fairs, said: “Jan­uary is al­ways a chal­leng­ing month for re­tail­ers after the vi­tal Christ­mas pe­riod, and 2018 was no dif­fer­ent.

“Over­all there was a re­al­terms rise in sales of 0.3%, but be­low the three and twelve month av­er­ages.

“As with pre­vi­ous months, the rise in food sales is the driv­ing force be­hind this growth, with the 4.2% rise bring­ing the twelve-month av­er­age to the high­est point in over six years.

“That rise is still be­ing lifted by food price in­fla­tion, but tra­di­tional Scot­tish prod­ucts did well, in­clud­ing strong hag­gis sales as cus­tomers toasted the Bard of Ayr­shire.”

To­tal non-food sales de­clined 3.6% com­pared with Jan­uary 2017. Ad­justed for the es­ti­mated ef­fect of on­line sales, they fell by 2.5%.

On a three-month ba­sis, the on­line-ad­justed to­tal non-food sales de­creased by 1.7%, be­low the UK de­cline of 0.6%.

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