Online sales increasing as retail sales decrease?

These are interesting times to be an online retailer. We are all familiar with the overall retail sales figures over the last few months showing an overall drop in activity. In Ireland, the latest statistics came from the CSO showing that the volume of Irish retail sales fell by 5.2% in the year to June.

In the UK online spending is increasing while at the same time high street sales are going down. High Street sales decreased by 0.9% from June to July which in the same period, online sales increased by 11.3% in July from June – (reported on Vnunet).

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I wonder if this is the same situation in Ireland. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was, although I have been unable to find the statistics to back this up.


  1. Ann Sheehy said

    I see this comment was posted last year. Can anyone point to where such research is available for Ireland? I have run out of sources and am only finding anecdotal evidence. It would sure by very strange if such data is not available as everthing is so traceable on the net.

    If anyone can help, I’d be delighted to hear from you.


    • Hi Ann,
      Thanks for the comment – I too have been unable to find any official stats for online sales in Ireland. I have done more digging but to no avail. I am going to wriet a new blog post on the subject and will send you a link.

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