September 27, 2019 / 10:24 AM / 2 months ago

Irish retail sales rebound in August

FILE PHOTO: William Mulhall poses for a photograph in his old curiosity shop in the small seaside village of Ardglass in Co.Down January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish retail sales increased 2.1% in August on an annual basis, data from the Central Statistics Office showed on Friday.

The monthly increase was 5.7% when compared to July.

Excluding the motor trade, which has been very volatile in recent years, retail sales grew by 1.1% in August and 4.4% when compared with August 2018, the data showed.

In July, Irish retail sales posted their sharpest annual fall since 2012 on weak car sales.

Reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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