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Volume of retail trade up by 0.3% in euro area

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In March 2012 compared with February 2012, the volume of retail trade rose by 0.3% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.7% in the EU27. In February
retail trade fell by 0.2% and 0.5% respectively.

In March 2012, compared with March 2011, the retail sales index dropped by 0.2% in the euro area, but grew by 1.0% in the EU27.

These first estimates come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Monthly comparison
In March 2012, compared with February 2012, “Food, drinks and tobacco” remained stable in both the euro area
and the EU27. The non food sector increased by 0.1% and 0.6% respectively.
Among the Member States for which data are available,  total retail trade rose in ten, fell in nine and remained
stable in  Ireland and  Sweden. The highest increases were observed in Bulgaria (+3.9%),  Poland  (+2.6%),
Austria and the United Kingdom (both +1.9%), and the largest decreases in Portugal (-2.2%), Estonia (-2.0%)
and Slovenia (-1.4%).

Annual comparison
In March 2012, compared with March 2011, “Food, drinks and tobacco” fell by 0.3% in the euro area and remained
stable in the EU27. The non food sector rose by 0.3% and 2.2% respectively.
Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade rose in fifteen and fell in six. The highest
increases were observed in Latvia  (+10.0%),  Estonia  (+9.3%) and  Luxembourg  (+7.2%), and the largest
decreases in Portugal (-5.0%), Spain (-3.9%) and Malta (-2.7%).



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