DUBLIN Jan 7 Irish retail sales volumes fell on
a monthly basis for the first time in five months in November,
dropping 1.1 percent from a month earlier, provisional data
showed on Monday.
Volumes were 0.5 percent lower in November on an annual
basis having posted their largest growth this year in October
when the index climbed 3 percent, a slight downward revision
from provisional data posted over a month ago.
The statistics office confirmed that retail volumes rose 1.7
percent month-on-month in October. Economists polled by Reuters
expectedc that retail sales fell by one percent for the year as
a whole in 2012.