Retail sales in Scotland fell 1.2% for the month of November 2012 when compared to the previous month of October as sales remained sluggish in the region compared to the rest of UK.

According to the data published by the Scottish Retail Consortium sales were down 2.7% in real terms and like-for-like sales decreased 2.2% when compared to the corresponding month of 2011.

Food sales for the month increased 2.6% while non-food sales fell 4.4% for the month.

Commenting on the figures Scottish Retail Consortium director Fiona Moriarty termed them to be underwhelming and scare improvement on October returns.

"People are waiting for attractive promotions and discounts before they make a purchase and holding back on spending too much too soon so that they can be sure of covering the cost of Christmas.

"The wet and cold weather also deterred Scottish shoppers in November.

"It’s one of the main factors which resulted in clothing and footwear posting its worst performance since January, excluding April, which was hit by this year’s earlier Easter," said Moriarty.

KPMG Head of Retail David McCorquodale added: "There is little festive cheer in the November figures this year – food sales reflect a real terms decline when food inflation is taken into account and non-food sales declined by around five per cent.

"These figures are against very weak comparatives last year when November sales in Scotland showed the worst sales fall since 1999.

Though the sales for the upcoming Christmas season have picked up rather slowly, the industry body is hopeful of numbers picking up as we get closer to the festive period.