Bar sales volumes were down 0.3% in January compared to the previous month, December 2018, while sales values showed a decline of 1.5% in the month.
Final figures for December 2018 show a 3.0% decline in bar sales volumes and a 0.5% decline in values compared to December 2017.
Compared to November 2018, bar sales volumes and values were both down 1.1%.
Provisional seasonally-adjusted figures for the three months November 2018 to January 2019 show a bar sales volume decline of 2.3% but a 0.4% value increase compared to the same three-month period in 2017/’18.
And compared with the immediately previous (August-October 2018) quarter bar sales were down 0.1% in both volume and value.
General retail sales volumes decreased by 1.2% in January.