Although there was a downward revision to December’s data to 0.3% from 0.7% originally reported, there was a 4.7% annual increase.
Sales increased in four of the seven sub-sectors while in volume terms sales rose 3.4% for a 4.2% annual increase.
There was a notably strong increase in motor vehicle and parts sales of 17.1% on the month to give an 8.1% annual increase.
Excluding motor vehicles sales, there was a 0.3% increase for January to give a 3.9% monthly advance.
Food sales rose 0.2% on the month with a 4.2% annual gain with sales of personal and household goods rose 3.0% on the month to give an 8.4% annual increase.
Building materials and machinery sales both recorded a slight decline in sales on the month.