Category Archives: Scottish Retail Sales

Does Distance Lend Perspective?

As is my need in January, I have been off enjoying some sun and reflection. Having been in the Cape Winelands for the last few weeks, I’m already missing the sun, heat, light … and of course the wine. Having … Continue reading

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The Retail Sector in Scotland by Numbers

Over the Christmas break you may have spotted some newspaper and media commentary that the price of a shopping basket in Scotland for food was some 5% less than in the Eurozone. Those with long memories of my academic writing … Continue reading

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Does Footfall Matter?

Late last week, the British Retail Consortium/Springboard latest footfall data was released (see story here) and seemed to present a triumph for Scotland. Scotland was one of a small handful of regions/countries with an increase of footfall. This was the … Continue reading

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Scottish Retail Sales Monitor May 2014: Worst Ever?

Every month the Scottish Retail Consortium together with KPMG publish the Scottish Retail Sales Monitor. It is always an informative read, and generally attracts quite a lot of press and other attention, being one of the few up-to-date series on … Continue reading

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Going Strong?

I have procrastinated over this post for too long now, having been caught up in the symbolism that this will be my 100th post on this blog.  It is of course just another number, and when you get to my … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Change, Multichannel, Online Retailing, Pound Shops, Retail Economy, Retailers, Sainsbury, Scottish Retail Sales, Vacancies | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics ….. and Media Coverage

I’ve just taken up Twitter and am still trying to work out what to do with it and what it is useful for.  I think this could be a very long journey for me. But I’ve added the Twitter feed … Continue reading

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Online vs Offline: Like for Like?

So the received wisdom about Christmas is that it was an online one. Retailers with good online offers – or perhaps more accurately  – compelling multi-channel approaches, did really well, and those without, well, did without, Thus the march onwards … Continue reading

Posted in Catalogues, Christmas, Closure, Internet, Multichannel, Online Retailing, Sainsbury, Scottish Retail Sales, Tesco | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments