Retail sales growth over the summer in Scotland

Written by Michelle Rodger

Retail sales in Scotland have grown by 0.4% in Q3 compared to the previous quarter.

According to latest statistics announced by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, the quantity of retail sales has increased by 1.3% over the year since 2017 Quarter 3.

The value of retail sales (not adjusted for inflation) over the same period,  increased by 2.7 %, and average store prices measured by the retail sales implied deflator have increased by 1.4%.

The Retail Sales Index for Scotland is a measure of the sales by retailers in Scotland. Results are given for sales quantities (or volumes) which have been adjusted for inflation, and sales values which are not adjusted for inflation.

The figures published include the period from July to September 2018.

David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “The further increase in the value of retail sales over the past quarter is heartening and mirrors the findings of our own Scottish monthly survey, which showed figures buoyed by food and grocery purchases in particular.

“The prospects for retailers are ultimately determined by the state of the economy and their own ability to adapt and seize on the opportunities that arise. A crucial factor is whether household finances continue to improve and translate into higher levels of confidence and more transactions. This brings into sharp focus big upcoming decisions which could affect disposable incomes and take home pay, notably the Scottish Budget and the setting of income tax, as well as subsequent decisions over council tax levels. These decisions must support consumer spending and economic growth.”

About the author

Michelle Rodger

Michelle is a former national newspaper journalist who co-founded an award-winning IT business before launching Tartan Cat Communications. A social media and crowdfunding expert she manages media and communications for Business for Scotland.

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