Scots consumers are less likely to splash out on home improvements this summer than they were last year, according to a news story from the BBC.
It reports on a poor month for the country’s shopkeepers with total sales for the month slightly higher than last year but but big-ticket items and discretionary spending both suffering:
‘Tough time’ for Scots shopkeepers
Once again the value of Scottish sales trailed those of the UK as a whole, where total sales grew 3.4% and like-for-like by 1.2 per cent.
During the sunny spells, sales of some food stuffs like ice cream and soft drinks increased but overall sales of food and drink were no higher than a year ago.
Non-food items suffered badly in June with sales of clothing, footwear, home furnishings and DIY all falling.