Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (15)

Sean Fleming

Question:

12 Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Finance his views on the trend in retail sales which have declined by both value and volume in each of the past three months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32693/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

Consumer spending has fallen significantly in the last number of years, as household disposable income has declined and the household savings rate has increased. The latest retail sales figures confirm that spending remains weak. Having said that, excluding the motor trade, there is tentative evidence that spending is stabilizing, albeit at low levels. For instance, core retail sales have been effectively flat in the first five months of the year. Finally, I would stress that weak personal spending is assumed in the budgetary estimates, as my Department is projecting a fall of 1.7 per cent in consumer spending this year.