Per CSO release today: "The volume of retail sales (i.e. excluding price effects) decreased by 15.0% in July 2009 compared to July 2008. There was a monthly increase of 0.2%... partially explained by the increase in new motor sales in July 2008 that coincided with the introduction of the new VRT system." Ex Motor Trades retail sales decreased by 6.2% in July 2009 compared to July 2008 and fell -0.7% in monthly terms. Things are getting worse once again, after a short reprieve of June.
A good summary above (from Ulster Bank economics team). Food, Bars and Other Goods improved in monthly series, everything else is tanking. But all three categories of 'improved' goods are about people staying at home instead of leaving for a vacation, so here we go - have a sandwich and a pint instead of a break - Lenihanomics at work.
Few charts below (back to my favorite hobby):