However the CSO has advised that caution should be exercised when interpreting the increase in Bar sales as the comparison is with a low base from a year ago when some restrictions still applied.
Bars were one of only four sectors (along with Clothing & Footwear, Department Stores and Furniture & Lighting) to show an increase in sales volumes for the month.
Compared to the previous month, June, bar sales volumes were up 23% – the largest monthly volume increase of any sector between June and July – while values rose 23.5%.
And comparing the July figures with those of February 2020, prior to the pandemic striking, this July’s bar sales volumes were still down 8.4% in comparison although bar sales values remained level.
Final CSO figures for June reveal bar sales volumes up 50% on those of June 2021 while values were up 58.5%. June’s bar sales volumes were up by just 5.7% on those of the preceding month, May, while monthly Bar sales values showed an increase of 6.4%.
Across a three-month period May to July, bar sales volumes were up by 103% on the same three month period in 2021 while values saw an increase of 114%. Comparing the three-month period May to July with the immediately preceding three-month period February to April this year, bar sales volumes were up 12% while values rose 14%.
The volume of Retail Sales generally was down 1.6% in July.