GDP decreased by 0.6% quarter-on-quarter in Q1, according to the Central Statistics Office. On a more positive note; retail sales by volume (excl. motor trades) increased by 1.4% in May when compared to April and on a year-on-year basis there was no change. Sectors with the largest month-on-month growth in sales volumes are Hardware Paints & Glass(+14.0%), Food, Beverages & Tobaccospecialised stores (+5.2%) and Books, Newspapers & Stationary (+3.9%). In addition the unemployment rate was -1.3% down in June compared to the same month a year ago.
Source : Cushman & Wakefield