Retail sales: Good weather 'keeping shoppers away'
THE good weather this summer may be keeping consumers away from the shops with retail sales falling by 1.6pc in June.
Books, newspapers and bars were among the few sectors that bucked the trend enjoying higher sales volumes than the previous month, new Central Statistics Office figures show.
Sales of books, newspapers and stationery were 3.6pc higher than in May while bar sales saw a 1.2pc rise and electrical goods saw sales increase by 1pc.
However furniture and lighting sales plummeted by 12.3pc month on month and car sales were down 7.9pc.
And clothing and footwear fell by 3.3pc this June compared to the previous month - though they're still 0.5pc higher than they were a year earlier.
Overall retail sales are now 1.5pc lower than in June 2012 and in value terms they're 1.4pc lower.
The monthly fall in sales is disappointing for retailers as it follows two consecutive months of growth.
Fine weather in June may have contributed as consumers often keep away from the shops when the weather is good - apart from sales of barbeque foods and other seasonal goods which tend to soar.
When motor trades are excluded the value of retail sales actually increased by 1.2pc compared to June 2012, however.