INCREASED bar sales gave retail sales a boost last month.
Retail sales increased by 0.9pc in September and the volume of sales was up 1.4pc in the year, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.
The value of sales also rose by 2.2pc in the year.
Bar sales performed most strongly rising as consumers spent 4.7pc more on drink in September.
A flood of customers purchasing new televisions and set-top boxes for RTE's digital switchover may have contributed to a strong increase in electrical sales which rose 2.8pc in September.
Department stores also enjoyed growth, but sales of books, newspapers, fuel and food all fell.
On a seasonally adjusted basis retail sales rose for the first time this year.
Irish retail sales are now rising faster than the rest of Europe where they are stagnant, the CSO report shows.
Even when motor trades are excluded the volume and value of retail sales still rose.