Retail trade in the EU has seen a 3,7 percent increase in September, while the eurozone has had a 2,9 percent increase. Fuel trade has registered a 5,3 percent boost. Food, drink and cigarette commerce has gone up by 1,6 percent, while non food product transactions improved by 4 percent.
The greatest growth rates were recorded in: Romania (12 percent), Ireland (8 percent), Great Britain and Poland (6,3 percent). As for decreases in terms of retail sales, Luxembourg had a 11,8 percent, Bulgaria 2,5 percent and Slovenia 0,4.
In the EU, retail sales have gone up by 0,3 percent while in the eurozone area they went down by 0,1 percent.Statistics for other countries vary from growing numbers, such as in Hungary(0,5 percent), Switzerland (0,1 percent) and Sweden(0,7 percent), to obvious decreases, as one can observe in France(-0,4 percent), Denmark (- 0,7 percent), and, Finland (-0,4 percent).