Retail news round-up: Asos ends contracts with Transline and growth of Scottish retail sales slower than the UK.

Asos ends its contract with Transline

Asos has terminated its contract with Transline and has appointed PMP recruitment, The Guardian reported.

The employment agency, which provided temporary workers for online retailers’ Barnsley warehouse, has filed a notice at a court in Leeds, intending to appoint administrators.

XPO Logistics, Asos’s warehouse operator, has confirmed the reports.

Transline’s spokesperson said: “We have not ceased trading, and continue to have positive conversations with potential sources of investment.

“We are unable to comment at this time regarding specific commercial agreements.

“We will continue to keep all our employees and customers updated as the situation progresses.”

Scottish retail sales growth slower than UK

The value of retail sales in Scotland increased 1.8% compared with 4.8% in the UK last year, the BBC reported.

However, the value of sales in Scotland between January to March 2017 increased 0.5%.

During the same timeframe, retail sales volume fell 0.4% in Scotland compared with 1.4% in Great Britain.

Scottish Retail Consortium director David Lonsdale said: "The improvement in the headline figure for the total value of retail sales in the first quarter of this year is encouraging at first glance, but it looks less rosy once falling shop prices are taken into account.”