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Retail Sales Index

May 2019 (Provisional) April 2019 (Final)

Seasonally Adjusted Retail Sales Index - All Businesses
 (Base Year 2015 = 100)
     Volume IndexValue Index
May 2018115.8109.2
April 2019119.9112.4
May 2019117.0109.8
Monthly % change-2.4-2.3
Annual % change1.10.6

Retail Sales volume decreased by 2.4% in May 2019

Figure 1 Retail Sales Index - Seasonally Adjusted Volume
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Seasonally adjusted there was a decrease of 2.4% in the volume of retail sales in the month of May, with an annual increase of 1.1%. See Table 1. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 1.0% in the volume of retail sales in May 2019 when compared with April 2019 and there was an increase of 3.6% in the annual figure. See Table 2.


The sectors with the largest monthly volume decreases were Food, Beverages & Tobacco (-5.3%) and Fuel (-5.1%). The sectors with the largest month on month volume increases were Bars (+4.5%) and Electrical Goods (+2.7%). See Table 3.

There was a decrease of 2.3% in the value of retail sales in May 2019 when compared with April 2019 and there was an annual increase of 0.6% when compared with May 2018. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 1.6% in the value of retail sales in the month and an increase of 2.1% in the annual figure.

Unadjusted indices are available on CSO Statbank.