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Scottish retail sales fall by 0.1% in March 2015

RBR Staff Writer Published 22 April 2015

Scottish retail sales fell in March by 0.1%, when compared to the same month a year ago, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC).

Figures released by the SRC state that the retail sales witnessed slump despite of a 0.5% rise in food sales on an year-on-year basis.

The retail sector could not post a year-on-year rise in overall sales, although Good Friday and Easter Saturday were included in March's sales.

SRC survey highlights that non-food sales fell by 0.7% when compared to the same period last year, while food sales in the March increased by 1.4%.

SRC policy head David Martin said: "Following a strong increase in footfall, retail sales returned the best performance for almost a year in March and provided a welcome boost to what has been an otherwise sluggish first quarter in 2015.

"Whilst consumer confidence continues to rebound and the underlying economic conditions improve, much of the bounce was thanks to Easter falling two weeks earlier than last year.

"This allowed retailers to capitalise on the key trading days of Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

"Retailers have now enjoyed the Easter bounce so, looking ahead, April's figures may prove more challenging."