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Scottish retail sales slow in September

Scottish retail sales were more subdued in September after a stronger summer as like-for-like sales fell 0.8% on the same month last year.

The figures released by the Scottish Retail Consortium and KPMG show that total sales grew by 1.8% with total food sales up 2.3% on September 2012. Total non-food sales increased by 1.4%.

While tablets, games and gadgets performed well, clothing sales were less buoyant as shoppers put off updating their autumn wardrobes due to the month’s warmer weather.

Fiona Moriarty SRC director said: "After a strong summer, these more subdued figures serve as a reminder that, while recent months have seen some shafts of light, the path to economic recovery remains fragile. While Scottish consumer confidence remained fairly stable in September, many of us are still cautious, and may be holding back on spending until Christmas gets closer.

"This is certainly a slowdown after an impressive run during the summer months, and highlights that conditions remain challenging. However, retailers are continuing to respond well to their customers' needs, and will be hoping that this slight dip is reversed as we move into the crucial pre-Christmas trading period."

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