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Volume of Retail Trade Up by 2.9% in the EU

Volume of Retail Trade Up by 2.9% in the EU
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In February 2021, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 2.9% in the EU and by 3.0% in the euro area, compared with January 2021, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In January 2021, the retail trade volume fell by 5.2% in the euro area and by 4.6% in the EU.
 
In February 2021 compared with February 2020, the calendar adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by 2.2% in the EU and by 2.9% in the euro area.
 
In the euro area in February 2021, compared with January 2021, the volume of retail trade increased by 6.8% for non-food products and by 3.7% for automotive fuels, while it decreased by 1.1% for food, drinks and tobacco. In the EU the volume of retail trade increased by 6.2% for non-food products and by 2.4% for automotive fuels, while it decreased by 0.8% for food, drinks and tobacco.
 
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in total retail trade were registered in Austria (+28.2%), Slovenia (+16.4%) and Italy (+8.4%). The largest decreases were observed in Malta (-1.5%), France and Hungary (both -1.2%).
 
In the euro area in February 2021, compared with February 2020, the volume of retail trade decreased by 13.0% for automotive fuels and by 5.5% for non-food products (within this category mail orders and internet increased by 37.3%), while it increased by 1.9% for food, drinks and tobacco. In the EU, the volume of retail trade decreased by 11.9% for automotive fuels and by 4.0% for non-food products (mail orders and internet increased by 37.9%), while it increased by 1.8% for food, drinks and tobacco.
 
Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in total retail trade volume were registered in Portugal (-15.4%), Slovakia (-14.7%) and Malta (-8.9%). The highest increases were observed in Belgium (+11.0%), Austria (+5.2%) and Croatia (+5.1%)