Among EU Member States, in year-on-year comparison, Romania recorded the highest increase in total retail trade in November 2015, 15 percent, followed by Poland (5.9 percent) and the United Kingdom (5.4 percent), while decreases were observed in Belgium (-2.5 percent) and Latvia (-0.7 percent), according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In November 2015 compared with November 2014 the retail sales index increased by 1.4 percent in the euro area and by 2.6 percent in the EU28.
The y-o-y increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area is due to rises of 1.8 percent for both non-food products and automotive fuel and of 0.8 percent for “Food, drinks and tobacco”. In the EU28, the y-o-y increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 3.4 percent for both non-food products and automotive fuel and of 1.2 percent for “Food, drinks and tobacco”.
Also, in a monthly comparison, Romania registered the highest increase in total retail trade, 2.6 percent, followed by the United Kingdom (+1.8 percent) and Poland (+1.6 percent), and the largest decreases in Latvia (-3.2 percent), Portugal (-1.6 percent) and Estonia (-1.5 percent).
In November 2015 compared with October 2015, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by 0.3 percent in the euro area (EA19), while it rose by 0.2 percent in the EU28.