Fabian Demicoli

0.9% increase in annual volume of retail trade in euro area


The 0.9%
increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in March 2014, compared
with March 2013, is due to rises of 1.9% for the non-food sector, of 0.8% for
automotive fuel and of 0.3% for "Food, drinks and tobacco". In the EU28, the
1.6% increase in retail trade is due to rises of 3.3% for the non-food sector
and of 1.8% for automotive fuel, while "Food, drinks and tobacco" fell by 0.1%.

The
highest increases in total retail trade were observed in Romania (+13.4%),
Luxembourg (+12.1%) and Hungary (+8.4%). Decreases were registered in Malta
(-2.0%), Finland (-1.3%), Slovenia (-1.1%) and Spain

(-0.6%).

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