04.Jun .2022 19:00

Volume of retail trade down by 1.3% in Europe

Volume of retail trade down by 1.3% in Europe
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In April 2022, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by 1.3% both in the euro area and in the EU, compared with March 2022, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In March 2022, the retail trade volume increased by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU.

In April 2022 compared with April 2021, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 3.9% in the euro area and by 5.0% in the EU.

Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State

In the euro area in April 2022, compared with March 2022, the volume of retail trade decreased by 2.6% for food, drinks and tobacco and by 0.7% for non-food products, while it increased by 1.9% for automotive fuels.

In the EU, the volume of retail trade decreased by 2.3% for food, drinks and tobacco and by 0.9% for non-food products, while it increased by 1.4% for automotive fuels.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest monthly decreases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Slovenia (-7.7%), Germany (-5.4%) and Latvia (-3.9%). The highest increases were observed in Spain (+5.3%), Luxembourg (+3.7%) and Ireland (+1.9%).

Annual comparison by retail sector and by Member State

In the euro area in April 2022, compared with April 2021, the volume of retail trade increased by 14.6% for automotive fuels and by 8.9% for non-food products, while it fell by 4.0% for food, drinks and tobacco.

In the EU, the retail trade volume increased by 14.6% for automotive fuels and by 9.6% for non-food products, while it fell by 2.8% for food, drinks and tobacco.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest yearly increases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Slovenia (+29.6%), Poland (+21.1%) and Malta (+17.5%). The largest decreases were observed in Finland (-3.4%), Luxembourg (-2.9%) and Belgium (-1.9%).