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A night out at the pub and a bag of chips afterwards have got a lot more expensive over the past decade, official figures show.

The national average price of a pint of stout in a pub rose by 21pc from just under €4 (€3.96) in 2010 to almost €5 (€4.80) in 2020.

Even the cost of a potato was 9pc more, with the price of a 2.5kg bag rising from €3.26 to €3.56 by 2020.

Smokers saw the price of a 20 packet of cigarettes increase by 60pc from a national average of €8.42 in 2010 to €13.44 in 2020.

Motorists were also forced to dig deeper into their pockets to fill up the car with petrol, which rose from a national average of €1.31 a litre for unleaded petrol in 2010 to €1.37 a litre in 2020, an increase of almost 5pc (4.6pc).

The price now, however, is more than €1.60 a litre in some garages.

Diesel also rose, from €1.23 a litre in 2010 to €1.27 a litre in 2020, an increase of 3.3pc.

The figures are included in the CSO’s Statistical Year of Ireland 2021: Part Two, released yesterday.

It also provides a snapshot of the business activity and economy in Ireland between 2019 and last year.

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The figures reveal that electrical goods and food, beverages and alcohol saw the highest volume of sales in 2020.

The sales of electrical goods rose by 16.4pc between 2019 and 2020 while the sales of food, beverages and tobacco increased by 14.8pc.

The amount of money spent on alcohol to be consumed at home rose from €2.2bn in 2019 to close to €2.7bn in 2020, a sign of greater drinking at home during lockdown.

Sales of hardware, including paints and glass, also increased, by 14.2pc during 2020 – the first year of the pandemic, which saw many homeowners doing home renovations during the series of lockdowns. 

The figures also showed the amount spent on consumer goods and services fell during 2020 by 10.4pc along with household spending at hotels and restaurants, which dropped from €16.9bn in 2019 to €9.8bn in 2020.

The accommodation and food service sector saw the largest annual decrease in sales between 2019 and 2020 dropping by just over 50pc, while spending on household food and non-alcoholic beverages rose from €8.8bn in 2019 to almost €9bn in 2020.

“Information and communication” was the only services sector that saw an increase in activity between 2019 and 2020, of 7.6pc, while all other monthly services decreased in sales by 7.5pc.


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