Did Black Friday darken December sales?

CSO figures show electrical goods led last month's big drop

27th January, 2017
Retailers expressed concern about Christmas sales. Pic: RollingNews.ie

The Central Statistics Office said the volume of retail sales fell by 0.7 per cent in December compared with November, giving an annual increase of 3.4 per cent.

As the overall figure can be distorted by volatile car sales, many economists prefer to focus on the retail sales figure excluding the motor sector.

This figure was even weaker, showing a 2.7 per cent drop compared with November.

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