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Largest decrease in EU retail trade in Germany

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Staff Writer | September 6, 2017
In July 2017 compared with June 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade fell by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the EU28, according to Eurostat.
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In June, the retail trade volume increased by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28.

In July 2017 compared with July 2016, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 2.6% in the euro area and by 2.7% in the EU28.

The 0.3% decrease in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in July 2017, compared with June 2017, is due to falls of 0.9% for automotive fuel and of 0.5% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while non-food products rose by 0.1%.

In the EU28, the 0.2% fall in the volume of retail trade is due to decreases of 0.6% for automotive fuel and of 0.2% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while non-food products remained stable.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Germany (-1.2%), Croatia (-1.1%), Estonia and Austria (both -1.0%), while the highest increases were observed in Slovenia (+1.4%), Romania and Sweden (both +1.2%).

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