Thursday, December 3, 2009

Retail sales in the Eurozone and the EU in October 2009

According to first estimates of Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EU), in October 2009, compared with September 2009, the volume of retail trade:

a) Eurozone: remained stable (0.0%)
b) EU: rose by 0.3%

In September retail trade fell by 0.5% and 0.3% respectively.

Compared with October 2008, the retail sales index in October 2009 decreased by 1.9% in the Eurozone and by 0.9% in the EU.


Categories:

“Food, drinks and tobacco”: In October 2009, compared with September 2009, retail sales volume declined by 0.3% in the Eurozone and remained stable in the EU. Compared with October 2008, “Food, drinks and tobacco” fell by 1.6% in the Eurozone and by 0.8% in the EU.

The non-food sector grew by 0.3% in the Eurozone and 0.7% in the EU compared with September 2009. and decreased by 1.3% in the Eurozone, but rose by 0.1% in the EU compared to October 2008.


Member States:


Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade rose in 11 and fell in 6, compared with September 2008.

The highest increases were observed in:
Lithuania (+1.9%), Portugal (+1.7%) and Poland (+1.6%)

The largest decreases were recorded in:
Romania (-1.9%), Slovakia (-1.7%) and Latvia (-1.3%).

Compared with October 2008, among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade in October 2009 rose in 5 and fell in 12.

The highest increases were observed in :
Belgium (+4.4%), Sweden (+4.1%) and Poland (+3.9%),

The largest decreases were recorded in:
Latvia (-29.1%), Lithuania (-24.7%) and Estonia (-18.6%)

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