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Retail Sales volume increased by 1.5% in April 2018

Seasonally adjusted, the volume of retail sales increased by 1.5% in the month of April, with an annual increase of 4.8%. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was an increase of 1.0% in the volume of retail sales in April 2018 when compared with March 2018 and there was an increase of 3.8% in the annual figure.

The sectors with the largest monthly volume increases were Furniture & Lighting (13.2%) and Fuel (5.6%). The sectors with the largest month on month volume decreases were Electrical Goods (-3.0%) and Department Stores (-1.0%).

There was an increase of 6.8% in the value of retail sales in April 2018 when compared with March 2018 and there was an annual increase of 3.8% when compared with April 2017. If Motor Trades are excluded there was an increase of 1.0% in the month and an increase of 1.8% in the annual figure.

Unadjusted indices are available on CSO Statbank.

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