DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish retail sales volumes registered a second consecutive month of annual growth in July as pent-up demand for electrical goods and furniture helped make up for the bars that remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, data showed on Friday.
July retail volumes were up 6.4% compared to the same month last year, up from an annual increase of 3.5% in June, the first month most retail outlets were allowed to reopen following a national lockdown.
Sales of electrical goods were up 26.5% compared to July 2019 while furniture and lighting was up 21.1%, the Central Statistics Office said in a statement.
Bars that serve food were allowed to reopen in late June, but other bars and nightclubs remain closed and July sales volumes in the sector were down 53% compared to the same month last year.
Retail sales volumes were 1.5% higher in July than June, the data showed.
Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Toby Chopra
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