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Scottish Retailing - Key Facts

Retail employs 257,000 Scots – 14% of the total private sector workforce

Retail is one of the country’s most dynamic industries, along with wholesale it accounted for 15% of all new businesses formed in Scotland in 2013

9.4% of enterprises in Scotland (14,070 VAT-registered businesses) are retailers, higher than the UK average of 8.8%

Scottish retail sales were £28bn in 2012: over 1/3 of consumer spending is via shops and online retail

Retail alone accounts for 20% of turnover and 15% of Gross Value Added in the whole Scottish services sector (above the comparable UK figures of 15% and 11%)

Scotland has 23,550 retail outlets, 11.9% of all business outlets (again above the UK figure of 11.0%)

99% of retail businesses in Scotland employ fewer than 50 people

Retailers and wholesalers in Scotland spend £10 million each year on research and innovation

Glasgow is the UK’s 2nd biggest shopping destination, with £2.55bn spent per year

Retail Stats and Info

The BRC's Business Information Team provide our members and media with detailed economic information on the UK retail sector.

For further information on our range of retail sales monitors and indexes, please contact Richard Lim, BRC Business Information Department:

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