The report found that retail vacancy rates across cities and towns dipped from 12.6% to 12.3%, which its authors described as encouraging against a backdrop of increasing vacancies overall.
Scotland’s somewhat stationary retail vacancy rate chimes with property market activity, where average prices declined by 0.4% according to commercial property specialist Christie & Co.
The firm noted that despite the dip in average price, the number of transactions last year were up 29% on 2016.
Forecourt retail units had a particularly strong year according to Christie & Co, with the total value of forecourt convenience sales sitting at £4bn in 2017.
Steve Rodell, MD for retail at Christie & Co, said: “Properties with healthy fuel margins and growing convenience operations ensured strong market prices throughout 2017.”