Scotland’s retailers have outperformed the UK as a whole throughout August, but its urban c-stores produced poor sales, according to the Scottish retail sales monitor.
Figures released by the Scottish Retail Consortium and Royal Bank of Scotland showed that retailers north of the border enjoyed a like-for-like sales growth of 3.9% on last year, compared with growth of 0.6% for the UK.
The SRC said the total growth of 7.6% in the Scottish food and drink sector was positive compared with the same month last year, considering the exceptionally strong food sales last August.
Although large food retailers and rural convenience stores performed well, the consortium reported that a substantial proportion of urban c-stores outside the big cities did not show any growth.
SRC spokeswoman Elinor Jayne explained: “Rural convenience stores had a fantastic month, mainly due to tourism, which also did well. The major reason for the poor sales in urban areas will be the high level of competition.”