November 2017 volume of retail trade up by 1.5 % in both Euro area and EU28

In November 2017 compared with October 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 1.5 % in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October, the retail trade volume fell by 1.1 % in the euro area and by 0.6 % in the EU28.

In November 2017 compared with November 2016, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 2.8 % in the euro area and by 2.7% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 1.5 % increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in November 2017, compared with October 2017, is due to rises of 2.3 % for non-food products, of 1.2 % for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.3 % for automotive fuel. In the EU28, the 1.5 % increase in the volume of retail trade is due to rises of 2.1 % for non-food products, of 1.2 % for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.3 % for automotive fuel.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Portugal (+3.9 %), Slovenia (+2.8 %), Germany (+2.3 %) and Croatia (2.1 %), while the only decrease was observed in Estonia (-0.2 %).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 2.8 % increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in November 2017, compared with November 2016, is due to rises of 4.1 % for non-food products, of 1.6 % for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.2 % for automotive fuel. In the EU28, the 2.7 % increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 4.1 % for non-food products, of 1.4 % for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.9 % for automotive fuel.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Romania (+10.9 %), Poland (+7.6 %) and Malta (+7.0 %), while the only decrease was observed in Estonia (-1.2 %).

Data of previous months have been revised compared to those issued in the News Release 185/2017 of December 5, 2017. The monthly percentage change for October 2017 remained unchanged at -1.1% in the euro area and has been revised from -0.5 % to -0.6 % in the EU28. The annual percentage change has been revised from +0.4 % to +0.2 % in the Euro Area and from +0.9 % to +0.7 % in the EU28.

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