Scottish retail sales grow by 0.4% in 2018 Quarter 3

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

In 2018 Quarter 3, the quantity of retail sales in Scotland grew by 0.4 per cent compared to the previous quarter, according to statistics announced today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.
Over the year since 2017 Quarter 3, the quantity of retail sales has increased by 1.3%. Over the same period, the value of retail sales (not adjusted for inflation) increased by 2.7%, and average store prices measured by the retail sales implied deflator have increased by 1.4%.
The equivalent figures for retail sales quantities in Great Britain as a whole, produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are an increase of 1.2% in the latest quarter, and an increase of 3.4% over the year since 2017 Quarter 3.
The Retail Sales Index for Scotland is a measure of the sales by retailers in Scotland. Results are given for sales quantities (or volumes) which have been adjusted for inflation, and sales values which are not adjusted for inflation. The figures published today include the period from July to September 2018.
The full statistical publication is available at
including a visual summary of key findings, and detailed results back to 2008.
All estimates are seasonally adjusted to account for of busier retail periods (such as the peak season at Christmas). The data used for these statistics are also used in quarterly GDP statistics, accounting for approximately 6% of Scotland’s economy.
Further information on Scottish economic statistics can be accessed at
Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:


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