Recent sunny weather in Scotland has seen shoppers hitting the high street although not in the kind of numbers that the region needs. A meagre increase of 0.1% for total sales in May, compared to the same period last year, were undone by like for like sales which were down by 1.2%. These figures exclude new store sales and other factors to leave a figure which can be directly compared to previous year figures.

Scottish retail spending has been some way behind UK figures for over a year now with May proving to be the 14th consecutive month in which the UK figures outstripped those from Scotland.UK growth was 3.4% for the same period. The figures show that consumers are still wary about spending money while many simply do not have the cash to spend.

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