Alcohol prices fall 0.2%

The price of alcohol fell by 0.2% in both the 12 months to April this year and over the three-month period February to April (when compared to the previous three-month period November 2015 to January 2016) according to the CSO’s seasonally adjusted figures for April, published recently.


Compared to March alcohol prices, those for April showed growth of 0.4%.

Off-trade alcohol prices for April showed a 2.3% decrease compared to April 2015. This comprised a 2.2% increase in spirits prices, a 2.8% decrease in wine prices and a 3.7% decrease in beer prices in the off-trade.

Comparing April to March, off-trade prices for alcoholic beverages showed an increase of 0.7% comprising a 1.8% rise in spirits prices, a 0.8% rise in wine prices and a 0.1% rise in beer prices.

Prices in licensed premises were up 0.7% this April compared to April last year. This comprised a 1.2% rise in spirits prices, a 0.7% rise in wine prices, a 0.6% rise in beer prices and a 0.9% rise in soft drinks & mineral water prices.

Over the course of the month prices in licensed premises rose by 0.2% compared to March 2016. This comprised a 0.3% rise in spirits prices and a 0.2% rise in wine, beer, soft drinks & mineral water prices.

Admission prices to nightclubs in April fell 1.6% in the year but they rose by 1.0% compared to the previous month, March 2016.




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