June 2017 compared with May 2017 Volume of retail trade up by 0.5% in euro area Up by 0.4% in EU28

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In June 2017 compared with May 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 0.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.4% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May the retail trade volume increased by 0.4% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28.

In June 2017 compared with June 2016 the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 3.1% in both zones.

Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 0.5% increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in June 2017, compared with May 2017, is due to rises of 1.0% for automotive fuel, of 0.7% for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.3% for non-food products. In the EU28, the 0.4% increase in the volume of retail trade is due to rises of 0.6% for both automotive fuel and non-food products, and of 0.1% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Croatia (+5.8%), Portugal (+2.4%) and Slovenia (+1.7%), while the largest decreases were observed in Lithuania (-1.7%), Latvia (-0.8%) and Bulgaria (-0.5%).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 3.1% increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in June 2017, compared with June 2016, is due to rises of 3.5% for automotive fuel, of 3.2% for non-food products and of 2.6% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”. In the EU28, the 3.1% increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 3.9% for non-food products, of 3.7% for automotive fuel and of 2.0% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Slovenia (+10.2%), Croatia (+8.2%) and Slovakia (+8.1%), while a decrease was observed in Luxembourg (-25.8% – see explanatory methodological note).