April’s bar sales volumes were up nearly 24% on those of March, while values rose 31% over March.
For a more realistic comparison the CSO compared bar sales volumes for the 26-month period from February 2020 to April this year to find a 24.4% drop in volumes and a 14.6% drop in values.
Finalised figures for March indicate bar sales volumes up 632% on March 2021, with values up 654%.
Bar sales volumes in March were down 18.6% on February, while values were down 16.7%.
Across the three-month period February to April, the CSO estimates that bar volumes were up 635.5% with values up 656.7% on the same three-month period in 2021.
Bar sales volumes were up 9.6% on the immediately preceding three-month period (November 2021 to January 2022) while values were up 14.6%.
Retail sales volumes overall rose 3.8% in April.