Wretched December for Scottish shops

According to the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) 2010 was a wretched year for retailers.Wretched December for Scottish shopsScottish shopkeepers have reported their worst December since at least 1999, claimed the SRC.

Although sales last month were up by 1.6% compared with the previous year, it was the weakest December since the survey began in 1999.

Like-for-like sales, which discounts new store openings, were up only 0.4%.

Scottish shops performed worse than the rest of the UK where total sales grew by 4.1% last month.

Although Scottish sales showed some growth, the consortium said the true picture was much worse because the latest figures are compared to December 2010 when heavy snow affected many shops.

This latest survey found that non-food sales strengthened, led by clothing and footwear, however there was a lot of heavy discounting to achieve sales.

The consortium said that consumer confidence was lower in Scotland than the rest of the UK and this uncertainty over jobs and incomes led to consumers only buying essentials or replacing goods.

A Scottish government spokesman said: “While there is no question that the trading environment is very challenging, these figures are based on data from Scottish Retail Consortium members and don’t include online sales, which is clearly a significant and growing feature of consumer consumption.? ?

“The Scottish government’s preferred measure of retail sales, the Retail Sales Index, records turnover from approximately 700 companies across Scotland and shows that the volume of retail sales in Scotland grew by 0.5% over the past year to Q3, while of course we accept that circumstances are difficult.?”?

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