April 2021compared with March 2021 Volume of retail trade down by 3.1 % in both Euro Area and in the EU up by 23.9 % and 22.4 % compared with April 2020

In April 2021,the  seasonally  adjusted  volume  of  retail  trade fell by 3.1%  in both the Euro  Area and in the EU, compared with March2021, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In March2021, the retail trade volume increased by 3.3 % in the Euro Area and by 3.2 % in the EU. In April 2021 compared with April 2020, the calendar adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 23.9 % in the Euro Area and by 22.4 % in the EU.

Retail Volume

Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State

In the Euro Area in April 2021, compared with March 2021, the volume of retail trade decreased by 5.1 % for non- food products and by 2.0 % for food, drinks and tobacco, while it increased by 0.4 % for automotive fuels.

In the EU the volume of retail trade decreased by 4.7 % for non-food products and by 1.9 %  for food, drinks and tobacco, while it remained stable for automotive fuels.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest monthly decreases in total retail trade were registered in Slovenia (-10.4 %), Denmark (-8.6 %) and France (-6.0 %). The highest increases were observed in Portugal (+4.3 %), Latvia (+3.8 %) and Lithuania (+3.7 %).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State

In the Euro Area in April 2021, compared with April 2020, the volume of retail trade increased by 65.5 % for    automotive fuels, by 42.6 % for non-food products and by 3.3 % for food, drinks and tobacco.

In the EU, the volume of retail trade increased by 54.3% for automotive fuels, by 38.6% for non-food products and  by 3.4% for food, drinks and tobacco.

The volume of retail trade increased in all Member States for which data are available, with the highest annual  increases being registered in Luxembourg (+46.1 %), France (+42.1 %) and Romania (+41.7 %).

Geographical information

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.

Methods and definitions

The index of the volume of retail trade measures the evolution of the turnover in retail trade, adjusted for price changes (deflated), i.e. the evolution of the total amount of goods sold, based on data adjusted for calendar and seasonal effects.

Seasonal adjustment is a statistical method for removing the effects of recurring seasonal influences, which have been observed in the past from an economic time series, thus showing non-seasonal trends more clearly. Calendar adjustment is a statistical method for removing the variation caused by the changing number of particular weekdays or holidays in different months or other time periods (quarters, years). The annual comparisons are based on data adjusted for calendar effects only.

Seasonally adjusted euro area and EU series are calculated by aggregating the seasonally adjusted national data.

Missing observations from Member States for recent months are estimated for the calculation of the euro area and the EU aggregates.

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