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Scottish sales in July outpace UK - SRC/KPMG

Total sales this July for Scotland increased by 4 per cent compared with July of last year, when they had declined by 0.7 per cent.

Fiona Moriarty, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “A double whammy of feel-good factors pushed Scottish sales growth into record-breaking territory in July. Sunshine and sporting successes boosted the public mood and willingness to spend further after a promising pick-up in June."

“Summer food, seasonal fashions and outdoor living products were stand-out performers in what was an impressive month, while non-food leapt up to its best result since December 2009.

“It’s too early to tell whether what we’re seeing is a welcome but short-lived uplift or the beginnings of longer-lasting economic recovery. But this run of good growth means things are certainly looking up for the time being.”

The three-month average has continued to accelerate to 2.5 per cent versus a 12-month average of 0.8 per cent and like-for-like sales increased by 1.4 per cent on last July, when they had decreased by 2.2 per cent.