FOLLOWING the disappointment of April, retailers in Scotland saw like for like sales increase by 1.8% in May compared to the same month in 2017.
Total food sales for the month increased by 4.2% against May 2017, when they had increased by 4.5%.
This growth is above both the three-month and 12-month averages of 3.7%. and 4.1%.
The Scottish trade also outpaced the UK market, which posted three-month and 12-month averages of 3.4% and 3.6%.
SRC director David Lonsdale said: “Clearly one swallow doesn’t make a summer, but May’s positive figures are a balm for hard-pressed retailers.”
Craig Cavin, head of retail in Scotland for PMG, added: “Following a challenging April, retailers can breathe a sigh of relief after May delivered a much-needed sales uplift in Scotland.
“The sun shining inevitably drove Scots outdoors, with weekend picnics and bank holiday BBQs helping to drive a 4.2% growth in food sales.”