Consumer spending was down slightly in October continuing the 'choppy' trend this year.
Overall 2017 has seen a steady increase in spending rather than a surge.
Last month's gloomy results are being attributed to the Budget, which offered little in the form of give-aways.
Chief Economist with KBC Bank Austin Hughes says the economy is experiencing an ongoing but uneven upswing.
He said: "I think we will see spending pick up because there are more people in work and more people in the economy spending."