Promotional activity helped Scottish food and drink sales to improve in June after two slow months. Alcohol sales were buoyant in the supermarkets helped by the World Cup and the Jubilee. The World Cup had no real impact on drink sales in the convenience sector but it lifted sales of snacks, said the Scottish Retail Consortium. The Jubilee weekend led to high levels of spending in many c­stores and there was a high tourist spend on malt whisky across the board, plus a marked increase in champagne sales. Poor weather affected sales of foods associated with summer weather, like ice cream and barbecue products, but this had no overall impact on food sales. The SRC reported year-on-year sales rose 6.6% in June, compared to 4.4% in May. Like-for­like sales rose 4%, compared to 1.6% in May. {{LETTERS }}