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Volume of retail trade up 0.4% in euro area

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Staff writer ▼ | March 4, 2016
In January 2016 compared with December 2015, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 0.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.8% in the EU28.
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Europe   The highest increases in total retail trade were in Portugal
This is according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December retail trade rose by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28.

In January 2016 compared with January 2015 the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 2.0% in the euro area and by 2.8% in the EU28.

The 0.4% increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in January 2016, compared with December 2015, is due to rises of 0.7% for non-food products, of 0.5% for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.1% for automotive fuel.

In the EU28, the 0.8% increase in the volume of retail trade is due to rises of 1.1% for non-food products, of 0.7% for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.5% for automotive fuel.

Among member states for which data are available, the highest increases in total retail trade were registered in Portugal (+5.9%), Poland (+3.4%) and Slovenia (+3.0%), while the largest decreases were observed in Luxembourg (-1.2%), Austria and Slovakia (both -1.1%).

The 2.0% increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in January 2016, compared with January 2015, is due to rises of 3.0% for non-food products, of 1.4% for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.3% for automotive fuel.

In the EU28, the 2.8% increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 3.9% for non-food products, of 2.1% for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 1.4% for automotive fuel.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in total retail trade were observed in Romania (+15.6%), Estonia (+8.9%) and Poland (+7.5%), while decreases were observed in Belgium (-2.2%) and Austria (-0.5%).


 

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