|Seasonally Adjusted Retail Sales Index - All Businesses|
|(Base Year 2015 = 100)|
|Volume Index||Value Index|
|Monthly % change||-12.8||-13.7|
|Annual % change||-4.7||-8.9|
The volume of retail sales decreased by 12.8% in November 2020 when compared to October 2020 on a seasonally adjusted basis. On an annual basis, retail volumes were 4.7% lower in November 2020 compared with November 2019. See Table 1.
When Motor Trades are excluded, the volume of retail sales decreased by 12.0% in November 2020 over the previous month and decreased by 3.3% when compared with November 2019. See Table 2.
The volume of sales increased in the month for Fuel (+12.1%) and Pharmaceuticals, Medical & Cosmetic Articles (+0.3%). The monthly volume of sales fell in Bars (-63.9%), Clothing, Footwear & Textiles (-50.9%), Furniture & Lighting (-47.4%), Department Stores (-31.7%), Other Retail Sales (-23.7%), Motor Trades (-15.9%), Books, Newspapers & Stationery (-9.6%), Non-Specialised Stores (incl. Supermarkets) (-4.0%), Hardware, Paints & Glass (-3.3%), Food, Beverages & Tobacco (-1.5%). The volume of Electrical Goods showed no change compared to the previous month.
Retail sales in November were 3.8% lower than in February 2020 before the crisis started. The sectors which were lower than February were Bars (-91.0%), Clothing, Footwear & Textiles (-55.9%), Furniture & Lighting (-39.4%), Department Stores (-33.6%), Books, Newspapers and Stationery (-21.2%), Fuel (-10.9%) and Motor Trades (-5.6%). All other sectors had sales greater than they had in February 2020. The Sectors with the highest increases since February were Hardware, Paints & Glass (+29.4%), Electrical Goods (+27.1%) and Food, Beverages & Tobacco (+23.4%).
Compared with November 2019, the volume of retail sales was still lower in Bars (-91.2%), Clothing, Footwear & Textiles (-57.6%), Furniture & Lighting (-36.9%), Department Stores (-33.1%), Books, Newspapers and Stationery (-21.4%), Fuel (-12.8%) and Motor Trades (-9.8%). The volume of retail sales was higher in November 2020 compared to the same period of last year in Electrical Goods (+32.7%), Hardware, Paint & Glass (+25.7%), Food, Beverages & Tobacco (+22.7%), Pharmaceuticals, Medical & Cosmetic Articles (+16.8%), Non-Specialised Stores (incl. Supermarkets) (+11.3%) and Other Retail Sales (+4.9%).
The proportion of retail sales transacted online (from Irish registered companies) increased to 12.3% in November from 6.0% in October. This is below the high of 15.3% recorded in April at the height of the first lockdown. See Tables 6 and 7.
The value of retail sales was 13.7% lower in November 2020 than in October. The annual change in the value of retail sales was a decrease of 8.9%. Excluding Motor Trades, the value of retail sales decreased by 13.0% in the month and fell by 9.3% on an annual basis.
Unadjusted indices are available on CSO Statbank.