Scottish retail sales grow by 1.2% in 2019 Quarter 1

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

In 2019 Quarter 1, the quantity of retail sales in Scotland grew by 1.2% compared to the previous quarter, according to the Retail Sales Index Scotland (RSIS) which was published today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. Over the same period Great Britain as a whole saw a 1.6% increase.

The value of Retail Sales (not adjusted for inflation) grew by 1.1% during the first quarter of 2019. Over the same period Great Britain as a whole saw a 1.6% increase.


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 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.

Figures for Great Britain as a whole are produced by the Office of National Statistics (ONS)

Further information on Scottish economic statistics can be accessed at:

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