But compared to the previous month, July, August’s bar sales volumes were up 18.1% while values rose 10.0% as more outlets reopened.
Final figures for July indicate that bar sales volumes were down 48.4% compared to July 2019 with values down 47.1%. But compared to the previous month this year, June, bar sales volumes were up by 159.7% with values up by 175.8%.
Across the three-month period June to August, bar sales volumes were down 59.8% while values were down 59.1% when compared to the same three-month period in 2019.
Measuring this year’s June-August performance against the preceding quarter, March to April, few will be surprised to learn that bar sales volumes were up 86.2% while values were up 89.6%.
While the volume of Retail Sales generally increased by 1.3%, August’s retail sales were 8.9% higher than in February 2020.
And comparing August’s bar sales figure with those for February the CSO indicates a fall of 42.1%.