The volume of retail sales decreased 1.5% in April 2012 when compared with the previous month, Central Statistics Office figures showed today.
This equates to an annual decrease of 2.7%.
If Motor Trades are excluded, the volume of retail sales decreased by 1.8% in April
2012 when compared with March 2012, with the annual decrease at 3.8%.
The sectors with the largest month-on-month volume decreases are Hardware, Paints & Glass (-6.2%), Department Stores (-3.6%), Clothing, Footwear & Textiles (-2.9%) and Motor Trade (-2.6%).
A monthly increase was seen in Other Retail Sales (1.7%), Fuel (0.5%) and Electrical Goods (0.4%).
The value of retail sales decreased by 1.1% in April 2012 compared with March 2012 and there was an annual change of -1.8%.
If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a monthly decrease of 1.6% in the value of retail sales and an annual change of -2.3%.