by Shelley Queen
Scottish businesses saw in boost in sales during the first three months of the year according to figures.
Shoppers bought more, with volume of retail sales increasing by 0.3% .
They also spent more, with the value of sales having grown by 0.6%.
Over the year, the amount of goods bought in Scotland rose by 2%, while shoppers spent 2.5% more.
This rate was above Britain’s growth as whole, which saw volumes up by 1.3% and value up by 2%.
But not everyone is experiencing such good fortunes.
Owner of Sweet Memories Glasgow, Carolyn Waddell, says she has faced a tough year.
” I think my sales were down on this time last year, I don’t see people spending more in my shop, and in fact I’m closing the place in October because we aren’t making enough money”
“But when I’ve been in town I’ve never noticed the shops being quiet, so people must have money to spend.”
Finance Secretary John Swinney described the rise in the Scottish figures as ‘encouraging’.
“Despite the encouraging retail sales figures, it remains a trying time for the retail industry and demonstrates again the need for the UK government to take urgent action to stimulate the economy.”