Volume of retail trade up by 0.1% in euro-zone

EU15 up by 1.4%

In April 2002, as compared to April 2001, the volume of retail trade1 increased by 0.1% in the euro-zone² and by 1.4% in the EU15, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg, estimates today. Compared to March 2002, sales3 fell by 0.6% in the euro-zone and by 0.1% in the EU15.

Annual variations
In April 2002, as compared to April 2001, retail trade of 'food, drinks and tobacco' rose by 0.4% in the euro-zone and by 1.0% in the EU15. The sales of food in specialised stores fell by 3.9% in the euro-zone and 3.1% in the EU15, while sales in non specialised stores increased by 1.7% and 2.3% respectively.

The non food sector decreased by 0.5% in the euro-zone but gained 1.6% in the EU15. Among the non food sectors, 'textiles, clothing and footwear' grew by 0.7% in the euro-zone and a strong 4.9% in the EU15. Retail sales of 'household goods' fell by 2.9% in the euro-zone and by 1.6% in the EU15.

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(source: Eurostat)

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