September 28, 2018 / 10:17 AM / 6 months ago

Irish monthly retail sales slip in August, up 2.6 percent annually

DUBLIN, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Irish retail sales posted annual growth of 2.6 percent in August but were 3.3 percent lower month-on-month, data from the Central Statistics Office showed on Friday.

Excluding volatile car sales, “core” retail sales volumes grew by 0.8 percent compared to the previous month to stand 4 percent higher on the year.

The monthly fall in the headline figure was driven by a fall in motor trade, which was down 3.9 percent in August after a spike in July due to a customer rush to buy cars with the latest registrations.

Reporting by Graham Fahy, editing by Padraic Halpin

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