Gardening and DIY purchases helped boost rebounding Scottish sales figures, but growth is still lower than last year.
Gin sales have seen a “staggering” boost to reach a record 73 million bottles last year, figures show.
Scottish sales in February saw a 0.8% drop compared to last year with more uncertainty for consumers in the months ahead.
With the spring house-selling season around the corner, many homeowners eyeing a move may already be sprucing up their properties to get them ready for market.
Retail sales increased in Scotland at a greater rate than the UK at the end of last year, figures show.
Rolls-Royce has recorded its highest annual sales in its 115-year history.
SALES of real books in the UK rose by 8% to £3 billion last year - the highest level since 2012 - according to figures from the Publishers Association.
HIGH STREET sales have fallen after a strong start to the year as full-price spring lines deterred consumers accustomed to months of heavy discounting.
A RECORD number of “click and try” bargain hunters fuelled a multi-billion pound Boxing Day sales extravaganza.