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Core retail sales up 3.1% this year

The volume of retail sales increased for the 11th month in a row this year,  September edging 0.1% higher compared with August, and there was an increase of 5.9% for the year, according to the CSO report. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 0.6% in the volume of retail sales in September 2014 when compared with August 2014 and there was an increase of 3.1% in the annual figure.

There was a decrease of 0.2% in the value of retail sales in September 2014 when compared with August 2014 and there was an annual increase of 3.8% when compared with September 2013. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a monthly decrease of 1.1% in the value of retail sales and an annual increase of 1.0%.

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