July 8, 2021
The seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 4.6% in the euro area and by 4.6% in the EU during May 2021, compared with April 2021, according to Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union. It was noted that, “In April 2021, the retail trade volume decreased by 3.9% in the euro area and by 3.6% in the EU.”
In comparison to May 2020, the calendar adjusted retail sales index rose by 9.0% in the euro area and by 9.2% in EU, in May 2021.
Monthly comparison by retail sector and by Member State
In comparison to April 2021, the volume of retail trade increased in the euro area in May 2021 by 8.8% for non-food products and by 0.2% for food, drinks and tobacco, while it increased by 8.1% for automotive fuels. “In the EU the volume of retail trade increased by 8.5% for non-food products and by 6.8% for automotive fuels, while it decreased by 0.3% for food, drinks and tobacco,” as indicated by the Eurostat.
Furthermore, among the member states, Eurostat noted, “the highest monthly increases in total retail trade were registered in France (+9.9%), the Netherlands (+9.3%) and Estonia (+8.1%). Decreases were observed in Latvia (-3.9%), Finland (-3.3%) and Luxembourg (-0.7%).”
Annual comparison by Retail Sector and by Member State
According to Eurostat, “In the euro area in May 2021, compared with May 2020, the volume of retail trade increased by 28.4% for automotive fuels, by 14.8% for non-food products and by 0.1% for food, drinks and tobacco.” Additionally, in the EU, the volume of retail trade climbed by 25.0% for automotive fuels, by 15.0% for non-food, and increased by 0.3% for food, drinks and tobacco.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest annual increases in total retail trade were registered in Bulgaria (+23.9%), Ireland (+22.4%) and Malta (+22.0%). The only decrease was registered in Germany (-0.9%).
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