In May 2019 compared with April 2019, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.4% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat.
In May 2019 compared with May 2018, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 1.3% both in the euro area and in the EU28.
Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State
In the euro area in May 2019, compared with April 2019, the volume of retail trade decreased by 1.3% for automotive fuel, by 0.5% for food, drinks and tobacco, and by 0.1% for non-food products. In the EU28, the retail trade volume decreased by 1.6% for automotive fuel, by 0.5% for food, drinks and tobacco, and by 0.3% for nonfood products.
Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in the total retail trade volume were registered in Croatia (-4.4%), Lithuania (-3.0%) and Sweden (-2.8%). The highest increases were observed in Portugal (+1.5%), Spain (+1.1%) and Belgium (+1.0%).
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