Otherwise, January CSI figures signalled a subdued start to 2020 for Irish household spending.
Consumer spend was broadly flat in January following a marginal expansion at the end of 2019.
Overall, household expenditure fell by just 0.1%, after rising 0.9% in the previous month.
When split by channel, data for the opening month of the year signalled only fractional reductions in both face-to-face spend and online purchases.
“Irish consumer spending was little-changed compared to a year ago in January after last December’s figures were boosted by the timing of Cyber Monday,” stated Sian Jones, Economist at IHS Markit.