Retail Boom Continues
Despite the negative narrative in the press recently the Retail Sales figures released by the CSO paint a very positive picture of the sector. Overall the value of retail sales (excluding cars & bars) were up 11.6% on February 2019. The only red figures on the index are bars, department stores and books, all other 19 indicators are positive versus February ’19 & ’20. The real stand out number is Clothing & Footwear which was almost 1/3 higher than in February 2019.
These figures do not reflect the downturn in Consumer Sentiment that has been recorded since the war in Ukraine hit the headlines and in the past the Irish Consumer has proven very sensitive to macro economic events as evidenced in the Summer of 2016 after the Brexit vote. It will be interesting to see how the CSO data is portrayed in the press.