June 28, 2019 / 10:20 AM / 5 months ago

Irish annual retail sales growth slows to 1.1%

DUBLIN, June 28 (Reuters) - Irish retail sales volumes posted their weakest annual growth in four months in January with falls in vehicle, fuel and food sales pushing year-on-year growth down to 1.1%, data from the Central Statistics Office showed on Friday.

Annual growth had topped 4% in each of the previous three months but the 2.4% month-on-month drop in May was the sharpest in more than a year.

Excluding car sales, which have steadily fallen since Brexit as consumers import more used cars due to the sharp fall in the value of sterling, core retail sales volumes posted an annual increase of 3.6%, still down sharply from 6.2% a month earlier (Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Alison Williams)

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