The quantity of goods sold by retailers in Scotland increased in the final quarter though tills were emptier overall because of falling prices.

Retail sales volumes in Scotland rose 1.6 per cent year-on-year between October and December, though the value of sales flatlined (-0.1pc) after factoring in price effects.

The figures — from the Scottish Government — also included detail of how prices fell by 1.6 per cent in the final quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

New figures released yesterday by the British Retail Consortium — looking across the UK as a whole — revealed that trend was continuing, with the lobby group reporting a 1.3 per cent price deceleration in January, marking the 21st consecutive month of falling shop prices.

]That included the deepest level of food deflation (-0.5pc) since the BRC began monitoring prices.