Retail sales in the European Union increased 1.7 percent in March compared to the same month last year, the European Union’s statistics office said on Wednesday.
According to Eurostat, retail trade volume increased by 8.9 percent for automotive fuels, and by 4 percent for non-food products.
But sales of food, beverages and tobacco fell 2.1 percent.
The highest annual increases in total retail trade volume were recorded in Slovenia (25.6 percent), Estonia (18.4 percent) and Malta (16.4 percent), while the largest declines were seen in Denmark (11.0 percent), Spain (4 ,8 percent), and Belgium (3.9 percent).
Meanwhile, on a monthly basis, seasonally adjusted retail trade volume fell 0.2 percent in March in the European Union, compared to February.
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