Food sales see best month

October growth highest of the year to date SRC-KPMG reports

FOOD sales in Scotland were up in  October, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium – KPMG Retail Sales Monitor. It was the second month in a row to show year-on-year  growth  and it registered the highest increase in 2016 to date.

Total food sales were up 0.3% on October 2015. It meant that the three-month average sales growth now stands at 0.2%.

Food sales were up for the second month in a row says the SRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor.

Non-food sales did less well, declining 0.6% compared to October 2015.

David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium said: “Food sales continue to improve compared to a year ago … reflecting consumers responding to continued low grocery prices.”

Paul Martin, UK head of retail or KPMG, said: “Food sales rose for the second consecutive month, helped by pumpkin and confectionary splurges for Halloween, as well as a number of in-store promotions.

“With Christmas on the horizon, we may see this trend continue, as Scots prepare for the various social gatherings that the festive season entails.”