But May’s provisional sales volume figure was up 19.8% on the April figure while values showed an increase of 20.3%.
Final figures for April show bar sales volumes and values down 92% on April 2019.
Compared to the previous month, March, April’s bar sales volumes and values were down around 80%.
The March to May quarter saw bar sales volumes and values fall by 78% compared to the same quarter in 2019. Compared to the previous December 2019 to February 2020 quarter sales volumes and were down 78%.
Retail sales volumes generally showed growth of 29.5% in May when compared to April on a seasonally-adjusted basis, the largest monthly increase on record following the substantial fall in retail sales volumes recorded for March (down 12.5%) and April (down 35.8%) as the impact of the Covid crisis on the retail sector took hold, stated the CSO.
On an annual basis retail volumes were 26.6% lower in May 2020 compared to May 2019 and they were 27.3% lower than in February, before the crisis started.