August 28, 2019 / 10:59 AM / 22 days ago

Weak car sales drag Irish retail sales to seven-year low

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish retail sales posted their sharpest annual fall since 2012 in July on weak car sales, data showed on Wednesday.

Retail sales volumes fell 4.4% on an annual basis, the sharpest fall since June 2012, after sales in the motor trade fell by 16.4%, data from the Central Statistics Office showed.

Excluding the motor trade, which has been very volatile in recent years, retail sales grew by 4.2% in July, the data showed.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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