Accommodation and Food Service activities increased by 89.2% in June compared to May as restrictions on hotels and restaurants eased, according to the figures from the Central Statistics Office.

The value of services output increased by 8% in June when compared with May last year on a seasonally adjusted basis.

On an annual basis, services were 15.9% higher in June compared with June 2020.

Other Service Activities increased by 17.6%, Information and Communication was up 12%, Administrative and Support Service Activities was up 7% and Wholesale and Retail Trade increased by 9%.

The remaining two sectors showed a decline in the month of June. Transportation and Storage declined by 2.2% and Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities declined by 1.7%.

On an annual basis, all but one sector showed an increase in activity compared to last year. The largest annual increases were in Accommodation and Food Service Activities up 57.1%) Other Service Activities up 50.9%, Information and Communication up 18%, Transportation and Storage increased by 17.5%, Wholesale and Retail Trade was up 15.3% and Administrative and Support Service Activities jumped 4%.

The only sector to show an annual decrease in activity was Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities which was down 3.3%.

The value of services in June 2021 was 3.3% higher than June 2019 (two years earlier and pre-COVID-19), however most sectors in June 2021 were below their corresponding level in June 2019.

These included Accommodation and Food Service Activities which was down 52.6%, Other Service Activities dropped 34.9%, Transportation and Storage fell 28.3%, Administrative and Support Service Activities was down 22.1% and Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities fell 15.5%.

The only sectors to record an increase in activity were Information and Communication which was up 29.7% and Wholesale and Retail Trade which increased by 5.9%.