Scottish food retailers are having a hard year, according to the latest monthly Scottish Retail Consortium sales monitor.

Director Fiona Moriarty said food sales and margins were suffering due to intense competition. She said: “We don’t expect these figures to grow much in the coming months.”

The SRC said food retailers’ sales increased by 0.3% in May, year on year. Total sales increased by 3.0% year on year, but the underlying trend in food retail sales growth had been down all year.

However the SRC sales monitor for May said limited price inflation indicated volumes might be better than suggested by these figures.

There were strong sales of beer at the time of the Scottish cup final, and many retailers reported record National Lottery sales and spin-off turnover at the time of the triple rollover.

Scottish like-for-like retail sales grew by 4.8% in May compared to 1.6% in April. Total sales grew by 7.3% up from 4.4% the previous month.