Back to Top

Central Statistics Office

Search currently unavailable

 Skip navigation

CSO statistical release, , 11am

Retail Sales Index

December 2018 (Provisional) November 2018 (Final)

Seasonally Adjusted Retail Sales Index - All Businesses
 (Base Year 2015 = 100)
     Volume IndexValue Index
December 2018117.8109.3
November 2018118.3110.4
December 2017113.6106.9
Monthly % change-0.4-1.0
Annual % change3.72.3

Retail Sales volume decreased by 0.4% in December 2018

Figure 1 Retail Sales Index - Seasonally Adjusted Volume
go to full release

Seasonally adjusted there was a decrease of 0.4% in the volume of retail sales in the month of December, with an annual increase of 3.7%. See Table 1. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was an increase of 0.7% in the volume of retail sales in December 2018 when compared with November 2018 and there was an increase of 5.1% in the annual figure. See Table 2.

The sectors with the largest monthly volume increases were Hardware, Paints & Glass (+3.9%) and Food, Beverages & Tobacco (+3.7%). The sectors with the largest month on month volume decreases were Department Stores (-7.3%) and Motor Trades (-4.2%). See Table 3.

There was a decrease of -1.0% in the value of retail sales in December 2018 when compared with November 2018 and there was an annual increase of 2.3% when compared with December 2017. If Motor Trades are excluded there was an increase of 0.3% in the value of retail sales in the month and an increase of 3.5% in the annual figure.

Unadjusted indices are available on CSO Statbank.