Compared to the previous month, February, bar sales volumes were up 1.2% in March with values up 0.6%.
Final seasonally-adjusted figures for February from the CSO indicate that bar sales volumes were down 2.5% over the year although values were up 1.3%. Compared to the previous month, January 2019, February’s sales volumes were up 1.7%, with values up 3.8%.
Across the three-month period January to March 2019 sales volumes in bars were down 3.0% when compared to the same quarter in 2018, with values up 0.7%.
When compared to the previous (October to December 2018) quarter bar sales volumes were up 0.3% while values were down 0.1%.
Overall retail sales volumes decreased by 0.8% in March while values rose 1.4% compared to February, with an annual volume increase of 4.9% and an increase of 4.5% in value.