Volume of retail trade in October +1.1% in Euro Area and +1.2% in EU28

Volume of retail trade in October +1.1% in Euro Area and +1.2% in EU28

In October 2016 compared with September 2016, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 1.1 % in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2 % in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In September the retail trade volume decreased by 0.4 % in the euro area and by 0.2 % in the EU28

In October 2016 compared with October 2015 the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 2.4 % in the Euro Area and by 3.5 % in the EU28.

Table 1 Retail

Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 1.1 % increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in October 2016, compared with September 2016, is due to rises of 2.3 % for non-food products and of 0.2 % for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while automotive fuel fell by 1.0%. In the EU28, the 1.2 % increase in the volume of retail trade is due to rises of 2.3 % for non-food products and of 0.2 % for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while automotive fuel fell by 0.9 %.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Slovenia (+3.7 %), Luxembourg (+2.9 %), Germany (+2.4 %) and the United Kingdom (+2.0 %), while decreases were observed in Malta (-0.5 %), Ireland (-0.4 %), Hungary (-0.3 %), Slovakia (-0.2 %) and Spain (-0.1 %).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 2.4 % increase in the volume of retail trade in the Euro Area in October 2016, compared with October 2015, is due to rises of 3.3 % for non-food products, of 2.1 % for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.7 % for automotive fuel. In the EU28, the 3.5 % increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 4.9 % for non-food products, of 2.5% for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 1.7 % for automotive fuel.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were observed in Luxembourg (+16.0 %), Romania and Slovenia (both +8.7 %) and Lithuania (+8.3 %), while a decrease was observed in Belgium (-1.9 %).

Data of previous months have been revised compared to those issued on November 7, 2016. The monthly percentage change for September 2016 has been revised from -0.2 % to -0.4 % in the Euro Area and remains unchanged at -0.2 % in the EU28. The annual percentage changes have been revised from +1.1 % to +1.0 % in the euro area and from +2.2 % to +2.0 % in the EU28.

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