Retail and distributive trades in Scotland

Bell, David N.F. and Emmett, Gary and Fraser, Neil and Hamilton, Douglas and Jowett, Anne and McGilvray, James W. and Kirwan, Frank X. and Moar, Lyle and Orton, Ian and Simpson, David R. F. and Wingfield, A. A. (1980) Retail and distributive trades in Scotland. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 5 (4). pp. 31-35. ISSN 0306-7866

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Historically the Scottish economy has been considered a region dependent on heavy manufacturing industry. For some time these industries have been contracting and today service sector employment accounts for approximately 58% of total employment in Scotland. Over the decade of the 1970's services have risen to this level from around 51%. Despite this growth performance statistics relating to service sector activities are not so readily available as those for manufacturing industries, which in 1979 accounted for only 29% of total employment in Scotland. This Brief will examine a major component of the service sector - retailing and distribution.