Despite being closed for normal services, some Irish bars generated revenue in January by operating off-licence and takeaway services, however, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), bar sales decreased by 75% month-on-month during the first month of 2021.
Not Classified Under The CSO's "Food, Beverage & Tobacco" Division
As reported by The Irish Times, some bar businesses operate off-licence services, which are not classified under the CSO's "food, beverage & tobacco" division like regular off-licence sales, and some bars are also operating takeaway pint services.
Categorised As Bar Sales Revenue
The revenue generated from these off-licence and takeaway services is categorised as bar sales revenue, which is why the CSO has bar sales statistics even though bars are closed for normal services.
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