The Irish Consumer Price Index (CPI) has fallen into negative figures for the second month in a row, raising fears that Irish retailers could feel the effect from the subsequent change in consumer spending.
According to the CSO, food and non-alcoholic beverages fell by 2.4%, thought to be due to, “lower prices across a range of products such as vegetables, bread and cereals and meat”. The biggest percentage change in this category was for potatoes, which saw a considerable decrease of 10.7%.
However, the latest CPI statistics are not all negative for FMCG retailers, as alcoholic beverages and tobacco have risen this year by 1.5%.
These latest figures serve as only the third time since 2010 that the CPI has fallen into negative figures, dipping only in December and February last year.
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