August retail sales in Scotland reached their highest point in four years, signalling increased consumer confidence.
Compared to 2012 figures, August high street sales were 3.5% higher. Food sales experienced the strongest growth, but thanks to warm weather, clothing and non-food sales also fared well.
When shop-price deflation was factored in, total sales for August rose by 4% in real terms.
Fiona Moriarty, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium stated: "Combined with a recent uplift in Scottish consumer confidence, the signs are that many of us are increasingly feeling more optimistic about the economy and responding well to retailers’ targeted promotions and new ranges."
Moriarty said Scottish retailers are in a "good position" to prepare for the Christmas season, and described sales over the last three months as "very encouraging."