Black Friday hit Irish retail sales in December
Irish retail sales fell in December once car sales are stripped out, with signs Black Friday sales in November hit activity in the run up to Christmas.
Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that when the motor trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 2.7pc in the volume of retail sales in December 2016 compared to November.
December is traditionally the busiest month of the year.
Sales were higher in December 2016 compared to a year earlier.
The data may be a sign that so called Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in November hit activity in the run up to Christmas.
The sector with by far the largest monthly volume decreases were Electrical goods – down 22.7pc.