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Retail sales index up 0.5%

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May '07
In March 2007, compared with March 2006, the volume of retail trade1 grew by 2.6% in the euro area (EA13)2 and by 3.8% in the EU272. Compared with February 20073, the retail sales index rose by 0.5% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU27.

Annual changes:
Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade rose in Latvia (+27.7%), Estonia (+24.1%), Lithuania (+15.9%), Bulgaria (+13.5%), Poland (+13.1%), Sweden (+9.5%), Finland (+9.2%), Slovenia (+9.0%), Luxembourg (+8.9%), Slovakia (+6.2%), Spain (+5.5%), the United Kingdom (+5.2%), France (+5.0%), Denmark (+4.0%), Portugal (+3.4%), Austria (+1.9%) and Belgium (+0.1%), while a fall was recorded in Germany (-0.7%).

Monthly changes:
Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade increased in Slovenia (+6.1%), Estonia (+5.5%), Denmark (+3.9%), Lithuania (+3.6%), Luxembourg (+3.1%), Portugal (+2.6%), Finland (+2.3%), Bulgaria and Slovakia (both +1.6%), Latvia and Sweden (both +1.5%), Spain (+1.3%), France (+1.0%), Poland (+0.9%), Belgium and the United Kingdom (both +0.4%), while falls were recorded in Austria (-1.7%) and Germany (-0.7%).

 

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