Retail sales have risen in Scotland for the third consecutive quarter, according to official statistics.
Figures published for the Retail Sales Index Scotland (RSIS) indicate the quantity of retail sales – the amount of goods bought – grew by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the previous quarter at the end of last year (0.1%).
Over the same period, the UK as a whole had a 1.6% increase in retail sales, a rise on the 0.1% for the previous quarter.
The value of retail sales, when not adjusted for inflation, grew by 1.1% during the first quarter of 2019.
Over the same period, the UK as a whole had a 1.6% increase.
Retail sales figures have a strong and predictable seasonal pattern, with rises expected in the fourth quarter over the Christmas period.
The Retail Sales Index statistics are estimated using a monthly survey of 5,000 businesses in the UK carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).