European Union Statistics Office (Eurostat) published the February data on retail sales of European countries.
The seasonally adjusted retail sales volume increased for both EA19 and EU28 by 0,4%. The index raised by 2,8% in the Euro area and 3,3% in EU29, compared to the same months of the previous year.
The retail sales index increased by 0,9% for non-food products and 0,1% for food, beverage and tobacco products while it decreased by 0,7% for automotive fuel.
The same index increased by 0,1% for non-food products while decreasing by 0,1% for food, beverage and tobacco products and 0,2% for automotive fuel.
Among the countries for which data is available, the largest monthly increases in the total trade volume were recorded for Croatia (4.4%), Belgium and Latvia (1,6%). The largest decreases were seen in in Slovakia (1,5%), Portugal (1,0%) and Bulgaria (0,6%).
Compared to the same month of the previous year, the largest increases in the total retail trade volume was recorded in Slovakia (11,8%), Croatia (11,4%) and Romania (9,1%).
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