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Retail sales dip 0.2% in February
27 Mar 2015 11:11
Provisional figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the volume of retail sales fell by 0.2% in February compared to the previous month.
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But retail sales rose by 8.2% on an annual basis in February.
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The CSO said that when motor sales are excluded, retail sales rose by 0.7% on a monthly basis and by 4.8% on a yearly basis.
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During February, the sectors with the biggest monthly increase included pharmaceuticals, medical and cosmetic articles with sales in that sector up 4.5%. Fuel sales increased by 3.3% while sales in non-specialised stores rose by 1%.
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Department stores saw the biggest monthly fall in sales - down 2.1% - while furniture and lighting sales dimmed by 1.7% and bar sales slowed by 1.6%.
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Today's figures also show a monthly fall of 0.5% in the value of retail sales last month, while they rose by 4.4% on an annual basis.
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