Growth shown in retail sales

Both the volume and value of retail sales in Scotland grew in the first quarter of this year according to official statistics published.

The figures show that the volume of retail sales increased by 0.7 per cent from January to March and the value of sales went up by 0.9% over the same period. On an annual basis, the volume of retail sales grew by 0.6%. The volume of sales in Scotland continues to outperform GB on an annual basis where sales have grown by 0.4% over the year.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said: “The volume of retail sales grew 0.6% annually - faster than retail sales volume for GB as a whole which grew by 0.4 %. This expansion is welcome but the sector continues to face challenging conditions.”