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Volume of retail trade down by 0.1% in EU28 in September, up by 1.1% in Romania

In September 2018 compared with August 2018, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade remained unchanged in the euro area (EA19) and decreased by 0.1%  in  the EU28,  according  to  estimates  from Eurostat, the  statistical  office  of  the  European  Union.

In August, the retail trade volume increased by 0.3% both in the euro area and in the EU28.

In September 2018 compared with September 2017, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 0.8% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU28.

In the euro area in September 2018, compared with August 2018, the volume of retail trade increased by 0.4% for food, drinks and tobacco as well as for automotive fuel, while non-food products decreased by 0.5%.

In the EU28, the retail trade volume increased by 0.8% for automotive fuels and by 0.1% for foods, drinks and tobacco non-food products, while non-food products fell by 0.3%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Ireland (+2.9%), Latvia (+1.5%) and Estonia (+1.4%).

In Romania the increase was of 1.1%.

The highest decreases were observed in Portugal (-1.7%), Austria (-1.0%), as well as in Belgium and the United Kingdom (both -0.8%).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State in the euro area in September 2018, compared with September 2017, the volume of retail trade increased by 1.1% for automotive  fuels,  by 0.9%  for  food,  drinks  and  tobacco, and  by  0.7%  for  non-food  products.

In  the EU28,  the retail  trade  volume  increased  by 2.0%  for  non-food  products,  by  1.9%  for  automotive  fuel and by 1.0%  for  food, drinks and tobacco.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest yearly increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Ireland (+10.2%), Lithuania (+7.9%) and Poland (+6.5%). In Romania the increase was of 3.1%.

The largest decreases were observed in Belgium (-2.2%), Spain and Austria (both -1.5%), Eurostat informs.

 

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