Hot weather and World Cup gives Scotland’s shops largest sales increase for more than four years

“This was the highest increase since January 2014 and included a 4.8 per cent spike in food sales – particularly for picnics and barbecues – and a one per cent rise in other goods” writes Angela Epstein for “In particular this month consumers were keen on picnic and barbecue food, reflecting the unusual opportunity to consistently eat outside. But he warned the “big question” was whether consumers would continue their spending spree after the weather returns to normal or if the increase was a “shoppers’ summer fling.”.

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