Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (103)

John Curran

Ceist:

103. Deputy John Curran asked the Taoiseach the percentage of retail shopping that is carried out instore compared to online. [47706/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

The data the Deputy requested is not available at present.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is committed to improving data collection documenting the evolution of online versus in-store shopping in Ireland and has been developing its approach in this area.

Earlier this year the CSO commenced the collection of on-line retail sales information relating to businesses based in Ireland through the Retail Sales Index surveys. Due to the lead time necessary to generate a statistically robust data set, it is expected that a breakdown between in-store and online sales will be included in the Retail Sales Index for December 2019 which will be published by the end of January 2020. The Annual Services Inquiry results to be published in 2020 will have a breakdown of online sales versus in-store sales.