With volumes down 49.3%, bar sales values also fell by 48.3% in September.
Compared to the previous month, August, bar sales were down just 16.0% in volume and 13.3% in value.
Final figures for August show that bar sales volumes were down 39.8% compared to August 2019 while bar sales values were down 39.7%.
However August’s bar sales volumes were up 23.5% over the July figure this year, while values showed growth of 17.4%.
Across the three-month period July to September bar sales volumes fell by 46.0% with values down by 45.4% compared to the same three-month period in 2019.
And no surprise to find that this year’s July to September figure for bar sales volumes was up 336% on the preceding three-month period April to June 2020 while bar sales values were up 338.7% by comparison.
The volume of retail sales generally increased by 1.5% in September when compared to August on a seasonally-adjusted basis. On an annual basis, retail volumes were 9.7% higher in September 2020 compared with September 2019.