April Sales Figures Show Slight Improvement

April 2013 saw mild improvement in retail volume and sales in Ireland, following a worrying March slump.

The latest report from the Central Statistics Office showed the volume of retail sales increased by 0.2% in April when compared with the previous month.

There was a decrease of 0.5% in the annual figure.

If Motor Trades are excluded, the volume of retail sales decreased by 0.3% in April 2013 when compared with March 2013 and there was an annual decrease of 0.3%.

The sectors with the largest month on month volume increases are Books, Newspapers & Stationery (+8.7%), Electrical Goods (+2.6%) and Motor Trade (+1.7%).

The sectors with the largest monthly decreases were Food, Beverages & Tobacco - specialised stores (-4.5%) and Department Stores (-3.6%).

April 2013 also saw an increase 0.3% in the value of retail sales in April 2013 when compared with March 2013.

There was an annual decrease of 1.4% when compared with April 2012.

If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a monthly decrease of 0.7% in the value of retail sales and an annual decrease of 1.2%.


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