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Volume of retail trade up by 0.6% in euro area

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 10, 2020
In January 2020 compared with December 2019, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 0.6% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.5% in the EU27, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Retail trade
January 2020 compared with December 2019   Up by 0.5% in EU27
In December 2019, the retail trade volume decreased by 1.1% in the euro area and by 1.0% in the EU27. In January 2020 compared with January 2019, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 1.7% in the euro area and by 2.1% in the EU27.

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Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State

In the euro area in January 2020, compared with December 2019, the volume of retail trade increased by 1.9% for automotive fuels, by 0.7% for food, drinks and tobacco and by 0.4% for non-food products. In the EU27, the volume of retail trade increased by 1.9% for automotive fuels, by 0.7% for food, drinks and tobacco and by 0.3% for nonfood products.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Slovenia (+5.6%), Portugal (+4.2%) and Romania (+3.5%). The largest decreases were observed in Belgium (-2.4%), Ireland (-1.7%) and Malta (-0.7%).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State

In the euro area in January 2020, compared with January 2019, the volume of retail trade increased by 2.4% for non-food products and by 0.7% for both automotive fuel and food, drinks and tobacco. In the EU27, the retail trade volume increased by 3.2% for non-food products, by 0.9% for food, drinks and tobacco and by 0.8% for automotive fuel.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest yearly increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Romania (+11.0%), Hungary (+7.6%) and Lithuania (+5.5%). Decreases were observed in Belgium (-1.4%) and Slovakia (-1.0%).

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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