May’s bar sales volume figure indicates that sales were 4.5% down on May 2020 while values were down 1.1%.
May’s bar sales volumes were 33.3% down on the previous month’s figure for April, with values down 22.1%.
The CSO’s final seasonally-adjusted figures for April indicate volumes up 45.2% compared to April 2020 with values up 47.7%.
Compared to the previous month, March 2021, April’s bar sales volumes were up 50.2% while values were up 29.3%.
Across the three months March to May bar sales volumes and values were down 57% on the same period in 2020.
Compared to the immediately preceding three-month period December 2020 to February 2021, bar sales March to May volumes showed a decline of 53% while values shrunk 54%.
Overall, retail sales increased by 1.8% last May when compared to April 2021 on a seasonally-adjusted basis.
On an annual basis, retail volumes were 44.0% higher than in May 2020. The retail sales figure for May 2021 was 6.8% higher when compared to two years earlier (May 2019).