EU Statistics in Focus: Volume of retail trade down by 0.4% in euro area


November 2016 compared with October 2016 Volume of retail trade down by 0.4% in euro area Down by 0.1% in EU28

In November 2016 compared with October 2016, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade fell by 0.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.1% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October the retail trade volume increased by 1.4% in the euro area and by 1.3% in the EU28. In November 2016 compared with November 2015 the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 2.3% in the euro area and by 3.4% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 0.4% decrease in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in November 2016, compared with October 2016, is due to falls of 0.9% for non-food products and of 0.4% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while automotive fuel rose by 1.0%.

In the EU28, the 0.1% decrease in the volume of retail trade is due to falls of 0.3% for both non-food products and “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while automotive fuel rose by 0.5%.

Decreases
Germany (-1.8%)
Austria -1.3%
Portugal  -1.3%
Denmark (-0.3%),

Increases
Luxembourg +6.2%
Estonia +1.7%
Romania +1.4%
Slovenia +1.4%
Slovakia +1.4%

 Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 2.3% increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in November 2016, compared with November 2015, is due to rises of 2.9% for non-food products, of 1.9% for automotive fuel and of 1.8% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”.

In the EU28, the 3.4% increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 4.7% for non-food products, of 2.3% for automotive fuel and of 2.1% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”.

Decrease
Belgium -0.2%

Increase
Luxembourg +12.4%
Slovenia +11.3
Romania +9.5%

Source: EU Stats in Focus, 6 January 2017

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