A record attendance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been a huge boost to local retailers, with a increase on last years retail spending of 6%.
Data from retail point-of-sale software firm Vend also shows a 13% increase in the number of sales put through by each retailer in August, compared to the three months prior.
The biggest spending days were 3 and 26 August, as people flooded into the city for the start of the Festival, and to catch the final acts.
To help tackle inequality, she announced proposals for a new £50 million fund for addressing child poverty, with the money to be available over five years. In an attempt to tackle “period poverty”, where some low-income women can struggle to afford sanitary protection, Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would provide free access to such products for students in schools, colleges and universities, further to a pilot scheme in Aberdeen.