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Volume of retail trade down 0.6% in euro area, Ireland best, Croatia worst

Christian Fernsby |
In July 2019 compared with June 2019, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade fell 0.6% in the euro area (EA19) and 0.5% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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Topics: RETAIL    IRELAND    TRADE   

The highest increases were observed in Ireland. The largest decrease was registered in Croatia.
In June 2019, the retail trade volume increased 1.2% in the euro area and 1.3% in the EU28. In July 2019 compared with July 2018, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased 2.2% in the euro area and 2.6% in the EU28.

In the euro area in July 2019, compared with June 2019, the volume of retail trade decreased 1.0% for non-products and 0.3% for food, drinks and tobacco, while automotive fuels remained unchanged.

In the EU28, the retail trade volume decreased 0.7% for non-food products and 0.3% for food, drinks and tobacco, while automotive fuels remained unchanged.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Croatia (-3.3%), Germany (-2.2%) and Belgium (-1.4%). The highest increases were observed in Ireland (+1.9%), Slovenia (+1.2%), Bulgaria and Malta (both +1.0%).

In the euro area in July 2019, compared with July 2018, the volume of retail trade increased 2.8% for non-food products, 2.0% for automotive fuel and 1.3% for food, drinks and tobacco.

In the EU28, the retail trade volume increased 3.7% for non-food products, 2.4% for automotive fuel, and 1.2% for food, drinks and tobacco.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest yearly increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Romania (+7.5%), Malta (+6.5%), Hungary and Slovenia (both +6.3%). The only decrease was observed in Slovakia (-0.8%).


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