Malta with slight increase in retail trade in August 2016

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Malta saw an increase of 0.2 per cent in retail trade in August 2016, a reverse trend when compared to the 0.2% decrease in the Euro area and the 0.1% decrease in the EU28.

In September 2016 compared with August 2016, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade fell by 0.2% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In August the retail trade volume decreased by 0.2% in the euro area and by 0.1% in the EU28.

In September 2016 compared with September 2015 the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 1.1% in the euro area and by 2.2% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 0.2% decrease in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in September 2016, compared with August 2016, is due to falls of 1.0% for non-food products and of 0.3% for automotive fuel, while “Food, drinks and tobacco” rose by 0.6%. In the EU28, the 0.2% decrease in the volume of retail trade is due to a fall of 0.7% for non-food products, while automotive fuel remained stable and “Food, drinks and tobacco” rose by 0.5%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Portugal (-2.1%), Slovenia (-1.7%) and Germany (-1.4%), while the highest increases were observed in Estonia (+1.5%), Finland (+1.1%), Denmark and Poland (both +0.7%).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 1.1% increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in September 2016, compared with September 2015, is due to rises of 1.8% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, of 1.5% for automotive fuel and of 0.4% for non-food products. In the EU28, the 2.2% increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 3.1% for automotive fuel, of 2.1% for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 1.9% for non-food products.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were observed in Luxembourg (+15.2%), Romania (+9.7%) and Poland (+8.6%), while decreases were observed in Belgium (-3.2%), Germany (-0.4%) and Slovenia (-0.1%).