New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the volume of retail sales was down 1.3% in June when compared to the previous month, and by 6.6% on an annual basis.

The largest monthly decrease was in the sale of electrical goods, which dropped over 13%.

The sale of clothing and footwear also fell.

The largest increase was in the furniture and lighting sector, which saw a 26% jump in sales when compared to the previous month.

Bar sales, and the sale of pharmaceuticals were the only two sectors to show an increase on an annual basis.

Bar sales were up over 54% in June compared to the same month last year - when some Covid-19 restrictions applied, while the sale of pharmaceuticals, medical and cosmetic articles increased by 6.6%.

If you exclude motor trades, the CSO figures show the volume of retail sales fell by 2.1% on a monthly basis, and 6.4% on an annual basis.

When compared with pre-Covid levels in February 2020, retail sales in June were up 2.4%.

Meanwhile, the proportion of retail sales transacted online from Irish registered companies was 4.9% last month, compared with 5.7% in May 2022 - and 4.9% in June 2021 and 6.7% in June 2020.