Romania posts the highest increase in retail trade in EU in September

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Among EU’s Member States, Romania recorded in September the highest increase in retail trade (+ 12 percent), followed by Ireland (+ 8 percent), Poland and the United Kingdom (both + 6.3 percent), while decreases were observed in Luxembourg (-11.8 percent), Bulgaria (-2.5 percent) and Slovenia (- 0.4 percent), according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union on Friday.

The 2.9 percent increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in September 2015, compared with September 2014, is due to rises of 5.3 percent for automotive fuel, of 4 percent for non-food products and of 1.6 percent for “Food, drinks and tobacco”.

In the EU28, the 3.7 percent increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 5.3 percent for automotive fuel, of 4.9 percent for non-food products and of 2.3 percent for “Food, drinks and tobacco”.

The 0.1 percent decrease in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in September 2015, compared with August 2015, is due to a fall of 0.6 percent for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while automotive fuel remained stable and non-food products rose by 0.1 percent.

In the EU28, the 0.3 percent increase in the volume of retail trade is due to rises of 0.4 percent for both automotive fuel and non-food products, while “Food, drinks and tobacco” remained stable.

According to the same Eurostat data, among Member States, the highest increases in total retail trade were registered in the United Kingdom (+ 2 percent), Romania (+1.7 percent), Malta (+ 1.1 percent) and Ireland (+0.9 percent), and the largest decreases in Portugal (- 2.2 percent), Belgium, Denmark, Latvia and Poland (all – 0.7 percent).

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