Bad weather contributed to a fall in the number of people hitting the high street last month, retail experts have said.
Footfall in Scotland fell by 1.8% in January compared with the same period last year, in contrast to a rise in shopper numbers of 1.6% across the UK as a whole.
More than one in 10 shops remained empty, a figure unchanged from the vacancy rate in the previous quarter, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard retail footfall monitor.
David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said the drop in shopper numbers was consistent with a similar fall recorded in December.
He said: "We won't know for certain until the January sales figures are published if the decline in visits leads directly to an impact on sales; however, it isn't encouraging news for retailers in Scotland.
"Whilst the vacancy rate remains unchanged in January we can't get away from the fact that over one in 10 retail premises in Scotland are sitting empty.
"One need only look at their own local high street to see the impact this is having and a constant reminder of why reform of the business rates system is so important."
In contrast to the Scottish picture, the UK as a whole recorded its best footfall performance since December 2011.
Diane Wehrle, retail insights director at Springboard, said the figures showed Scotland's retail locations were "less resilient" in January than the UK as a whole.
She said: "However, in line with the UK, it is retail parks that led the way with an increase in footfall of 4.9% compared with a decrease in footfall in both shopping centres and high streets.
"The weather has clearly had an impact, as footfall in high streets fell by 4.6%, a far more significant drop than the fall of 0.6% in high streets across the UK.
"However, whilst adverse weather generally makes enclosed environments offered by shopping centres more attractive to shoppers, the greater drop in footfall in Scotland's shopping centres of 1.6% compared with an increase of 2.4% for the UK, suggests an underlying vulnerability in their offer.
"At the same time, the fact that Scotland's vacancy rate has remained stable suggests a degree of optimism about future trading conditions."
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