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Volume of retail trade fall in Jan

Mar '07
In January 2007, compared to January 2006, the volume of retail trade1 fell by 0.1% in the euro area (EA13)2 and rose by 1.4% in the EU272. Compared to December 20063, the retail sales index decreased by 1.0% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU27.

Annual changes
In January 2007, the non food sector increased by 1.3% and 3.0% respectively.

Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade rose in Latvia (+30.5%), Estonia (+19.7%), Bulgaria (+18.2%), Lithuania (+12.3%), Poland (+10.0%), Sweden (+9.2%), Spain (+4.1%), Belgium (+3.4%), the United Kingdom (+3.0%), Finland (+2.7%), Luxembourg (+1.7%), France and Austria (both +1.3%), while falls were recorded in Germany (-4.3%), Portugal (-1.3%) and Denmark (-0.8%).

Monthly changes
The non food sector decreased by 0.9% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU27.

Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade increased in Latvia and Lithuania (both +1.2%), Bulgaria and Estonia (both +0.8%) and France (+0.3%), and remained stable in Belgium. Falls were recorded in Germany (-5.1%), Luxembourg (-2.6%), Denmark (-2.3%), Austria and Poland (both -1.2%), the United Kingdom (-0.9%), Sweden (-0.6%), Spain and Finland (both -0.3%) and Portugal (-0.1%).


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