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Irish sales show sharpest decline in a decade

Retail sales in the Republic of Ireland dropped 4.8% in May, the fastest retail decline in a decade.

The Central Statistics Office said that the total volume of retail sales in Ireland fell 4.8% compared to May last year. The figure represents the largest annual decrease since January 1987.

Retail sales by value were down 1.6% in May.

Clothing sales volumes were also down 4% for the three months from February to April, compared to the same period last year. Footwear sales were down almost 10%.

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