Among Member States, July’s highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Slovenia (+10 percent), Romania (8.8 percent) and Poland (+7.9 percent), compared to July 2016, while a decrease was observed in Belgium (-1.0 percent), according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In monthly comparison, the largest decreases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Germany (-1.2 percent), Croatia (-1.1 percent), Estonia and Austria (both -1.0 percent), while the highest increases were observed in Slovenia (+1.4 percent), Romania and Sweden (both +1.2 percent).
The calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 2.6 percent in the euro area and by 2.7 percent in the EU28.
In July 2017 compared with June 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade fell by 0.3 percent in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2 percent in the EU28.
In June, the retail trade volume increased by 0.6 percent in the euro area and by 0.5 percent in the EU28.
In the EU28, the 2.7 percent increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 4.0 percent for non-food products, of 1.4 percent for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 1.2 percent for automotive fuel.