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Irish October retail sales down 7.3 percent

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The volume of Ireland’s retail sales fell 0.6 percent in October versus September and was 7.3 percent lower than a year earlier, provisional data showed on Wednesday.

Final September data showed retail sales rose 0.6 percent in the month and were 6.2 percent down year-on-year. That compared with earlier provisional numbers showing a 0.5 percent rise month-on-month, with an annual fall of 6.2 percent.

Economists expect retail sales to fall 3.8 percent this year compared with a 6.4 percent rise in 2007, according to a median of 11 forecasts in a Reuters poll last month.

Reporting by Jonathan Saul and Andras Gergely

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