However bar sales volumes were down 62.7% in December compared to December 2019 while bar sales values were down 61.9% on the previous December.
According to the CSO, “While the volume of sales for Bars increased almost four-fold in December compared to November, it represented just over one-third of the volume of sales in December 2019”.
Final figures for November indicate that bar sales volumes were down 92.2% on the previous November figure while they were 67.9% down on the October 2020 figure. Bar sales values were 92.0% down in November compared to November 2019 while they were down 68.1% on the previous month, October 2020.
Across the three-month period, October to December, bar sales volumes were down 75.6% when compared to the same quarter in 2019 while bar sales volumes from October to December declined 54.2% when compared to the July to September quarter. During the October to December quarter bar sales values were down 75.1% when compared to the same period in 2019 and they were down 54.1% compared to the previous three-month period July to September.
December’s bar sales were 62.4% down on figures for February according to the CSO.
Overall, seasonally-adjusted general retail sales volumes were up 14.3% in December over November and they were up 8.2% on an annual basis.