Mon, 06 Jul 2020

DUBLIN, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Ireland's retail sales in April decreased by 35.4 percent when compared with the previous month, said the country's Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Friday.

This is the largest monthly drop since January 2009, said the CSO, adding that retail sales in April decreased by 43.3 percent when compared with a year ago.

In April, largest decreases were recorded in the sector of furniture and lighting which plummeted by 84.1 percent compared with the previous month, followed by bars (down 77.1 percent), clothing, footwear and textiles (down 73.6 percent), and motor trades (down 71 percent), showed the CSO figures.

However, all the retail sales sectors in the country saw an increase in the proportion of their online sales in April, said the CSO.

The proportion of clothing, footwear and textiles sold online in April increased eight times compared with the previous month whereas the proportion of electrical goods sold online increased from 15.2 percent in March to more than 60 percent in April, it said.

In April, online sales accounted for 15.5 percent of the total turnover of the retail sales sector in Ireland, the highest figure recorded since November 2018 when collection of such figures started, according to the CSO.

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