July 2017 compared with June 2017 Volume of retail trade down by 0.3% in euro area – Down by 0.2% in EU28 – Malta with an increase of 0.5%

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In July 2017 compared with June 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade fell by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In June, the retail trade volume increased by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28.

In July 2017 compared with July 2016, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 2.6% in the euro area and by 2.7% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 0.3% decrease in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in July 2017, compared with June 2017, is due to falls of 0.9% for automotive fuel and of 0.5% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while non-food products rose by 0.1%. In the EU28, the 0.2% fall in the volume of retail trade is due to decreases of 0.6% for automotive fuel and of 0.2% for “Food, drinks and tobacco”, while non-food products remained stable.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Germany (-1.2%), Croatia (-1.1%), Estonia and Austria (both -1.0%), while the highest increases were observed in Slovenia (+1.4%), Romania and Sweden (both +1.2%).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State

The 2.6% increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in July 2017, compared with July 2016, is due to rises of 3.9% for non-food products, of 1.5% for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 0.8% for automotive fuel. In the EU28, the 2.7% increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 4.0% for non-food products, of 1.4% for “Food, drinks and tobacco” and of 1.2% for automotive fuel.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Slovenia (+10.0%), Romania (8.8%) and Poland (+7.9%), while a decrease was observed in Belgium (-1.0%).