This fall comprised a fall of 0.6% in spirits prices, a 9.8% fall in wine prices and a 1.3% rise in off-trade beer prices according to CSO figures.
Compared to the previous month, July, August’s off-trade alcohol prices showed a 1.8% fall comprising a 1.9% drop in off-trade spirits prices, a 2.5% drop in wine prices and a 0.7% fall in beer prices.
Prices in the on-trade, by comparison, showed growth of 2.9%. This comprised increases in prices of 3.3% for spirits, 2.3% for wine, 2.9% for beer and 2.8% for soft drinks and mineral waters in licensed premises.
Compared to July, licensed premises prices were up 0.3% comprising a rise of 0.3% for spirits, a rise of 0.1% for wine, 0.2% for beer and 0.5% for soft drinks and minerals.
Overall, alcohol prices rose by 0.8% in the year to August and by 0.3% in the three-month period June to August compared to the same three-month period in 2016. Compared to the previous month, July, alcohol prices fell by 0.4% in August.
Nightclub admission charges fell by 3.5% over the year.