Scotland business

Scottish grocers report 'bumper' month

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Scottish retailers saw overall sales rise last month as grocers enjoyed a "bumper" month, according to new figures.

Food sales rose year-on-year by 5%, while total non-food sales fell by 2%.

Overall sales for September were up by 1.1% - or 1.2% in real terms - according to the Scottish Retail Consortium-KPMG retail sales monitor.

Clothing performed comparatively well in the non-food category, as did smaller home improvement goods.

Growth was also reported in mobile technology, accessories and gaming.

Craig Cavin, head of retail in Scotland at KPMG, said: "Clothing was a big winner in September, with mid-season discounts on autumn ranges tempting consumers to restock their wardrobes.

"The change in season also positively influenced health and beauty sales, with both high-end and essential cosmetics brands seeing growth following seasonal promotions."

Ewan MacDonald-Russell, head of policy at the Scottish Retail Consortium, said the continued growth of online non-food sales was enough to offset the decline in stores.

He added: "However, there is no evidence nervous shoppers are committing to larger purchases, indicating that consumer confidence remains at best fragile."

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