In May 2015 compared with April 2015, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 0.2 percent in the euro area and by 0.3 pct in the European Union. In May 2015 compared with May 2014 the retail sales index increased by 2.4 percent in the euro area and by 3.0 pct in the EU, said Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
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The 0.2 pct increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in May 2015, compared with April 2015, is due to rises of 0.4 pct for both "Food, drinks and tobacco" and non-food products, while automotive fuel fell by 0.7 pct. In the EU, the 0.3 pct increase in the retail trade volume is due to rises of 0.4 pct for "Food, drinks and tobacco" and of 0.3 pct for non-food products, while automotive fuel fell by 0.6 pct.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in total retail trade were registered in Poland (+1.5 pct), Estonia (+1.4 pct) and Malta (+1.1 pct), while the largest decreases were observed in Ireland (-2.5 pct), Denmark (-1.4 pct) and Lithuania (-1.2 pct).

The 2.4 pct increase in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in May 2015, compared with May 2014, is due to rises of 3.4 pct for non-food products, of 1.7 pct for "Food, drinks and tobacco" and of 0.7 pct for automotive fuel. In the EU, the 3.0 pct increase in retail trade volume is due to rises of 4.2 pct for non-food products, of 2.0 pct for "Food, drinks and tobacco" and of 1.3 pct for automotive fuel.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in total retail trade were observed in Poland (+7.6 pct), Estonia (+5.7 pct) and Ireland (+5.6 pct), while decreases were observed in Luxembourg (-10.6 pct), Denmark (-2.4 pct) and Belgium (-1.5 pct).

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