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Volume of retail trade down 1.6% in euro area

Christian Fernsby |
In December 2019 compared with November 2019, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade decreased 1.6% in the euro area (EA19) and 1.3% in the EU27, according to estimates from Eurostat.

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Topics: RETAIL    TRADE    EURO   

In November 2019, the retail trade volume increased 0.8% in the euro area and 0.9% in the EU27.

In December 2019 compared with December 2018, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased 1.3% in the euro area and 1.9% in the EU27. The average retail trade for the year 2019, compared with 2018, rose 2.2% in the euro area and 2.4% in EU27.

Monthly comparison retail sector and Member State

In the euro area in December 2019, compared with November 2019, the volume of retail trade decreased 1.6% for non-food products and 1.4% for food, drinks and tobacco and automotive fuels. In the EU27, the volume of retail trade decreased 1.6% for non-food products, 1.3% for food, drinks and tobacco and 0.9% for automotive fuels.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Germany (-3.3%), Slovenia (-2.8%) and Finland (-2.3%).

The highest increases were observed in Ireland (+2.7%), Malta (+1.3%) and Romania (+0.8%).

Annual comparison retail sector and Member State

In the euro area in December 2019, compared with December 2018, the volume of retail trade increased 3.6% for non-food products while food, drinks and tobacco decreased 0.7% and automotive fuel 3.7%. In the EU27, the retail trade volume increased 4.0% for non-food products while food, drinks and tobacco decreased 0.3% and automotive fuel 2.6%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest yearly increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Romania (+8.5%), Hungary (+6.1%) and Malta (+5.6%).

The largest decreases were observed in Slovenia (-6.6%), Slovakia (-2.5%), and Finland (-1.6%).

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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