Retail sales, excluding the motor trade, picked up in November according to the latest official figures.

The Central Statistics Office's Retail Sales Index shows that the volume of retail sales in November was higher than in October and also ahead of the November 2012 figure. Retail sales were up 1.3% on a monthly basis and 1.6% year-on-year in November in volume terms.

Clothing and footwear and furniture were the best performing sectors during the month. The motor industry saw a 2.5% fall in sales in November.

The value of retail sales, again excluding the motor trade, was 0.5% higher than in October but 0.2% lower than in November 2012.

Including car sales the retail sales volume was unchanged compared to October but 1.7% ahead of the previous November.

Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, said the sector was still under pressure, but the potential for growth in the future was there.

"There was a welcome increase in sales in supermarkets and of fuel, clothing, furniture and hardware. However, there was a fall in sales in department stores, chemists, clothes shops, electrical stores and book shops," said Retail Ireland Director Stephen Lynam.