Overall, May’s Alcohol prices remained on a par with April but showed a decrease of 0.7 per cent in the 12 months since last May while the three-month average showed a decrease of 0.6 per cent.
This compares to a rise of 2.7 per cent for consumer prices generally since May 2010.
In the off-trade itself in May, Alcohol increased in price by 0.5 per cent over April comprising Spirits (up 3.4 per cent) and Beer (up 0.2 per cent), while Wine & CIder prices were down 0.5 per cent compared to April.
Over the 12 month period, off-trade prices for Alcohol fell 1.2 per cent comprising a drop of 2.2 per cent in Wine & Cider prices and a fall of 0.1 per cent in Beer prices.
On-trade prices showed a monthly decrease of 0.1 per cent for Beer and Wine & CIder.
Over the 12 moths, on-trade prices for Wine & Cider fell 0.1 per cent while prices for Spirits fell 0.2 per cent with a 0.3 per cent fall recorded for Beer and Soft Drinks & Mineral Water.