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Volume of retail trade up 0.7% in euro area and EU28

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Staff Writer | April 5, 2017
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Europe   The highest increases in retail trade was in Portugal

In February 2017 compared with January 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 0.7% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat.

In January the retail trade volume increased by 0.1% in the euro area and by 0.2% in the EU28.

In February 2017 compared with February 2016, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 1.8% in the euro area and by 2.2% in the EU28.

The 0.7% increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in February 2017, compared with January 2017, is due to rises of 0.9% for non-food products and of 0.7% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while automotive fuel fell by 0.9%.

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

Among member states for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Portugal (+3.1%), Croatia (+2.8%) and Slovenia (+2.3%), while the largest decreases were observed in Malta (-0.8%), Latvia (-0.7%) and Belgium (-0.6%).


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