TOTAL sales in Scotland were down by 3.0% in June compared to the same month in 2019, when they had decreased by 2.3%, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Retail Consortium.
The report compiled with KPMG revealed that this was better than the three-month annual decline of 6.0%.
Total Food sales increased 5.5% against June 2019, and June ‘s performance was ahead of the three-month growth of 3.1% and the 2019 average growth of 2.4%.
The three-month average in Scotland was below the UK level of 7.9%.
SRC director, David Lonsdale, said: “Scottish retail sales eked out a further modest improvement in June, recording the best monthly performance since the onset of Covid.
“Retailers will be buoyed by the continued success with the vaccination roll-out and the greater re-opening of the economy and easing of restrictions, especially on events and return to offices.”