But bar sales volumes flatlined in December when compared to November while values actually decreased slightly, by 0.1%.
Final seasonally adjusted figures for November show bar sales volumes up 2.6% with values up 5.6% over the 12-month period to November 2017. On a monthly basis, both volumes and values were down 0.4%.
Across the three months October to December bar sales volumes rose 2.2% while values rose 4.9% when compared to the same period in 2016. Bar sales values across the quarter were down by 0.7% in volume and up by 0.4% in value when compared to the previous 2017 three-month quarter July to September.