The Scottish Retail Consortium recorded the strongest ever sales figures in December 2001, as Scotland outperformed the UK average. The latest retail sales monitor records a Christmas boom of 5.2% like-for-like, driven by non food, with luxury lines and alcohol the top sellers. The convenience sector reported strong sales, backed by promotional activity on grocery and alcohol. Many Scottish c-stores opened on Christmas Day, and experienced a sales rush. But the month's food retail sales were up only 3.3% on a like-for-like basis, compared to 7% on non-foods. Overall figures for the four weeks from November 25 to December 29 rose year-on- year 8.4%, up 0.4% on November. {{NEWS }}