May’s 1.7% fall comprised a drop of 5.2% in wine prices accompanied by a rise of 0.7% in spirits prices and a 2% rise in beer prices.
Compared to the previous month, April, the CSO’s final figures indicate that alcohol prices rose 2.6% comprising a 5.7% rise in spirits prices, a 2.5% rise in wine prices and a 1.4% rise in beer prices.
On-trade drinks prices showed growth of 1.4% in the 12-month period to May, according to the CSO’s provisional figures, comprising a 1.7% rise in spirits prices, a 1.5% rise in wine prices and a 1.2% rise in beer prices as well as a 1.5% rise in soft drinks & mineral water prices.
Compared to April 2017, May’s on-trade prices were up 0.1% comprising a 0.1% rise in spirits, beer prices and soft drinks & mineral water prices.
Nightclub admission prices fell 3% over the 12 months but were up 0.7% on April 2017.