Euro-area seasonally adjusted retail sales volume fell by 1.6% in December from November, 1% year-over-year; in EU, sales volume decreased 0.8% from November, rose 0.1% year-over-year: Eurostat

BRUSSELS , February 5, 2014 (press release) – In December 2013 compared with November 2013, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade1 fell by 1.6% in the euro area2 (EA17) and by 0.8% in the EU282, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In November3 retail trade increased by 0.9% and 0.8% respectively.

In December 2013 compared with December 20124 the retail sales index decreased by 1.0% in the euro area and rose by 0.1% in the EU28.

The average volume of retail trade for the year 2013, compared with 2012, fell by 0.9% in the euro area and by 0.2% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison

In December 2013 compared with November 2013, “Food, drinks and tobacco” fell by 1.4% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU28. The non-food sector decreased by 1.8% and 0.9% respectively.

Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade fell in sixteen and rose in six. The largest decreases were registered in Portugal (-5.8%), Spain (-3.6%) and Germany (-2.5%), and the highest increases in the United Kingdom (+2.6%), Malta (+2.0%) and Ireland (+1.4%).

Annual comparison

In December 2013 compared with December 2012, “Food, drinks and tobacco” fell by 1.6% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU28. The non-food sector decreased by 0.4% in the euro area, but rose by 1.2% in the EU28.

Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade fell in eight and rose in fourteen. The largest decreases were observed in Germany (-2.4%), Belgium (-1.9%) and Finland (-1.3%), and the highest increases in Luxembourg (+9.4%), Poland (+6.7%), Romania (+5.9%) and Bulgaria (+5.6%).


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