Positive Start for clothing and Home-ware

Figures released at the end of January show signs that 2016 is to be a promising year for the retail sector in Ireland. Figures released by the central statistics office show retail sales values, excluding bars and car sales, increased by 3.9% in the year to the end of January pointing to a strong performance over the traditional post-Christmas January sales period.

Figures released at the end of January show signs that 2016 is to be a promising year for the retail sector in Ireland. Figures released by the central statistics office show retail sales values, excluding bars and car sales, increased by 3.9% in the year to the end of January pointing to a strong performance over the traditional post-Christmas January sales period.


There was also strong volume growth across the retail sector in January with sales volumes increasing 0.5% in the month and by 6.1% in the year to the end of January 2016. Among the best performing categories were furniture and lighting, clothing and footwear and department stores.


Retail Ireland Director Thomas Burke said: “Given the busy trading period in the run up to Christmas and the post-holiday sales, retailers sometimes experience lower sales in January. However, the numbers published this morning show that the sector performed strongly over the month of January with the traditional post-Christmas sales period meeting earlier expectations. What is most encouraging is that all retail categories outperformed the same period in 2015 apart from the fuel category which is still grappling with the impact of a fluctuating Euro.”