Bar sales values were similarly up by 809%. This meant that bars enjoyed the highest volume and value increases of any trade sector for the month, albeit from a low base, when compared to May 2021.
But when compared with the preceding month, April, May’s bar volumes were down 2.6% while values were down 3.3%.
When May’s sales figures were set against those of the pre-pandemic February 2020, bar sales volumes showed a decrease of 26.6% while bar sales values showed a 20.7% drop.
Final results for April showed bar sales volumes up nearly 540% on those of April 2021 while values were up 568%. April’s bar volumes were up 23.0% on those of March 2022, with values up 25.4%.
Across the three-month period March to May, bar sales volumes were up 637% on the same period in 2021 while they were up 669% in value.
Bar sales volumes were up by 11.1% for the March-May period this year when compared to the immediately preceding December ’21 to February ’22 Quarter while bar sales values showed growth of 13.5%.
The monthly volume of general Retail Sales remained unchanged in May and increased by 0.3% in the year to May 2022. The value of Retail Sales was 4.1% lower in May 2022 than in April 2022 but was 3.8% higher than May 2021.