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Non-Specialised Stores Retail Volume Sales Increase By 14% In March: CSO

The volume of retail sales of non-specialised stores (including supermarkets), showed a 14% increase in March 2020 compared to February 2020, new data showed.

Food, Beverages & Tobacco in specialised stores (excluding supermarkets) was up by 17%, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Online sales represented 4.3% of the total turnover for all businesses, the highest online share since collection of this breakdown began in November 2018, the CSO research showed.

Overall Sales Fall

However, the volume of retail sales decreased by 12.7% in March 2020 when compared to February 2020 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

This is the largest monthly decrease since January 2009.

When Motor Trades are excluded, the volume of retail sales decreased by 1.9% in March 2020 and decreased by 0.6% when compared with March 2019, the data suggests.

There was a decrease of 13.7% in the value of retail sales in March 2020 when compared with February 2020 and there was an annual decrease of 12.4% when compared with March 2019.

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