Retail trade volume in falls 0.6% in September from August in euro area on seasonally adjusted basis, 0.3% in EU; retail sales index up 0.3% in euro area, 0.8% in EU compared with a year ago: Eurostat

BRUSSELS , November 6, 2013 (press release) – In September 2013 compared with August 2013, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade1 fell by 0.6% in the euro area2 (EA17) and by 0.3% in the EU282, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In August3 retail trade increased by 0.5% and 0.2% respectively.

In September 2013 compared with September 20124, the retail sales index rose by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.8% in the EU28.


Monthly comparison

In September 2013 compared with August 2013, “Food, drinks and tobacco” fell by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28. The non-food sector decreased by 0.1% in the euro area, but rose by 0.3% in the EU28.

Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade fell in thirteen, rose in seven and remained stable in France and Latvia. The largest decreases were registered in Portugal (-6.2%), Slovenia (-4.0%) and Spain (-2.5%), and the highest increases in Luxembourg (+3.1%) and Poland (+1.6%).

Annual comparison

In September 2013 compared with September 2012, “Food, drinks and tobacco” fell by 1.1% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU28. The non-food sector rose by 1.1% and 2.3% respectively.

Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade rose in fifteen and fell in seven. The highest increases were observed in Luxembourg (+19.9%), Poland (+6.5%) and Bulgaria (+6.2%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-6.0%), Belgium (-2.8%) and Portugal (-2.2%).

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 working day and seasonal effects. Seasonally adjusted euro area and EU series are calculated by aggregating the seasonally adjusted national data. Eurostat carries out the seasonal adjustment of the data for those countries that do not adjust their data for seasonal effects. Missing observations from Member States for recent months are estimated for the calculation of the euro area and the EU.

The weights of the Member States in the EU and euro area aggregates can be found at:

https://circabc.europa.eu/w/browse/5e6d1e48-056c-4c6a-8278-3ab138bcf575

See file: EU28_EA17_NEWS_RELEASE_WEIGHTINGS_2010

More detailed data can be found in the short-term statistics database on the Eurostat website:

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/short_term_business_statistics/data/database

The euro area (EA17) includes Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland.

The European Union (EU28) includes Belgium (BE), Bulgaria (BG), the Czech Republic (CZ), Denmark (DK), Germany (DE), Estonia (EE), Ireland (IE), Greece (EL), Spain (ES), France (FR), Croatia (HR), Italy (IT), Cyprus (CY), Latvia (LV), Lithuania (LT), Luxembourg (LU), Hungary (HU), Malta (MT), the Netherlands (NL), Austria (AT), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), Romania (RO), Slovenia (SI), Slovakia (SK), Finland (FI), Sweden (SE) and the United Kingdom (UK).

The tables also include Norway (NO) and Switzerland (CH).

Data of previous months have been revised compared to those issued in the News Release 141/2013 of 3 October 2013. The monthly growth rates for August 2013 have been revised from +0.7% to +0.5% in the EA17 and from +0.4% to +0.2% in the EU28. The annual growth rates have been revised from -0.3% to -0.2% in the EA17 and from +0.3% to +0.4% in the EU28.

Based on data adjusted for working days.

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