Okay January retail sales were poor
Retail sales slow by 1.7% in January - RTÉ News
But how do you reconcile this line:
"Sales of cars slowed by 3.6% last month as the changeover to the new car registration system had a negative impact on what is traditionally the best month of the year for the motor industry."
With this headline
January car sales down by 18.5% - The Irish Times - Fri, Feb 01, 2013
I know the sales are seasonally adjusted etc but if car sales are down 18.5% in January on January last year then it's hard to see how that only led to a 3.6% drop in the retail figures. Is it really that prices are that much higher or the mix that much different