SIGNS that Scottish consumers are cutting back sharply on food shopping are writ large in industry figures today which show retail sales north of the Border were once again weaker than those UK-wide in July.
The total value of Scottish retail sales in July was down 0.7% on the same month in 2011, in contrast to a 2% year-on-year increase UK-wide.
Food sales value in Scotland in July was up just 0.1% on the same month last year. Non-food sales value was down 1.5% year-on-year, the Scottish Retail Consortium figures show.
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