After beating the rest of the UK on retail sales for the last two months, Scotland fell slightly behind in March as the UK recorded total growth of 10.3%. Scottish Retail Consortium director Patrick Browne said Scotland's overall figures for March were healthy, up 10.2% "reflecting a particular strong trading period at Easter". Fresh food, wines and spirits all sold very strongly in Scotland during March and off-licences had a good Easter. Convenience stores generally had a strong month, with some reporting Easter to be their best Easter ever, and stores in tourist areas did particularly well. {{NEWS }}