Volume of retail trade up by 0.4% in euro area

In January 2008, compared with December 2007, the volume of retail trade grew by 0,4% in the euro area (EA15) and by 0,6% in the EU27, in December 2007 retail trade fell by 0,1% and 0,2%
respectively.

In January 2008, compared with January 2007, the retail sales index decreased by 0.1% in the euro area, but rose by 1.8% in the EU27.

Monthly changes
In January 2008, compared with December 2007, «food, drinks and tobacco» grew by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU27. The non food sector gained 0.4% and 0.6%
respectively. Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade rose in twelve and fell in four. The highest increases were observed in Belgium ( 9.5%), Lithuania ( 7.4%)
and Portugal ( 4.1%), and the largest decreases in Latvia (-1.5%) and Spain (-1.1%).

Annual changes
In January 2008, compared with January 2007, retail trade of «food, drinks and tobacco» fell by 1.0% in the euro area, but rose by 0.2% in the EU27. The non food sector grew by 0.4%
and 2.8% respectively. Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade rose in twelve, decreased in three and remained unchanged in Denmark. The highest increases were
observed in Slovakia ( 15.6%), Bulgaria ( 14.8%), Lithuania ( 14.5%) and Poland ( 8.3%), and the largest decrease in Spain (-2.4%).

These first estimates come from Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities.

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