Scottish retailers saw the highest ever recorded monthly jump in sales in February, up 11.3%, reflecting an increase in new stores. The latest figures from the Scottish Retail Consortium show strong sales for fresh fruit, vegetables and meat, though alcohol was still experiencing a post-Christmas dip, with intense price competition and promotional activity. Non food retailers saw the biggest growth with sales jumping 14.1% overall and 9.4% on a like for like basis. SRC director Patrick Browne said: "Things seem to be getting better and better with every month seeming to set a new record. Even the wettest weather ever recorded in Scotland during February hasn't impacted on retail spending." {{NEWS }}