January’s Bar sales were down 2.9% in volume on December 2019 while values fell 4.1%.
Final figures for December show Bar sales down 1.9% by volume and by 0.3% in value compared to December 2018.
Compared to the previous month, November, December’s sales were down 0.2% in volume and 0.3% in value.
Across the three-month period November to January Bar sales showed a decline of 2.5% in volume and 0.9% in value.
When this three-month period is compared with the immediately preceding three months August to October, Bar sales volumes declined 0.4% while values were down 1.3%.
By comparison, general retail sales volumes were up by 3.7% in January compared to January 2019 but they were down by 3.4% compared to December 2019 while retail sales values showed an annual value increase of 3.5% set against a monthly decrease of 1.4% when compared to the previous month, December.