Retail sales fall but trend is up
The volume of Ireland's retail sales fell 1.7pc month-on-month in June but still stood 4.8pc higher than a year ago, according to the Central Statistics Office.
Excluding car sales, which have mainly driven the big jump in annual figures this year, the volume of retail sales was unchanged on the month and up 3.6pc year-on-year.
Retail Ireland, the lobby group that represents the retail sector, said today that figures showed that sales were beginning to recover after years of decline.
"For the month of June there were annual increases in sales in car dealerships, supermarkets, petrol stations, clothes stores and electrical outlets," said Retail Ireland director Stephen Lynam (pictured left).