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Volume of retail trade up 4.4% in euro area

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 6, 2020
In August 2020, a month marked by some relaxation of coronavirus containment measures in many Member States, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 4.4% in the euro area and by 3.8% in the EU, compared with July 2020, according to estimates from Eurostat.
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In July 2020, the retail trade volume fell by 1.8% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU.

In August 2020 compared with August 2019, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 3.7% in the euro area and by 3.5% in the EU.

Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State



In the euro area in August 2020, compared with July 2020, the volume of retail trade increased by 6.1% for nonfood products (within this category mail orders and internet increased by 12.4%), by 2.4% for food, drinks and tobacco and by 2.1% for automotive fuels.

In the EU, the volume of retail trade increased by 5.1% for non-food products (mail orders and internet +10.5%), by 2.2% for food, drinks and tobacco and by 2.1% for automotive fuels.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Belgium (+9.6%), France (+6.2%) and Germany (+3.1%). The largest decreases were observed in Romania and Slovenia (both -1.6%) and Portugal (-1.4%).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State



In the euro area in August 2020, compared with August 2019, the volume of retail trade increased by 5.9% for non-food products. Within this category mail orders and internet increased by 23.8%, while textiles, clothing, footwear decreased by 14.1%. The volume of retail trade increased by 3.2% for food, drinks and tobacco, while automotive fuel decreased by 4.9%.



In the EU, the retail trade volume increased by 6.0% for non-food products (mail orders and internet +26.3%, textiles, clothing, footwear -13.2%) and by 2.6% for food, drinks and tobacco, while automotive fuel decreased by 4.8%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest yearly increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Belgium (+12.9%), Ireland (+9.8%) and the Netherlands (+8.3%). The largest decreases were observed in Bulgaria (-12.2%), Malta (-7.5%) and Slovenia (-6.6%).

The euro area (EA19) includes Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland.

The European Union (EU27) includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden.


 

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