In December 2017 compared with November 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by
1.1% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.0% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical
office of the European Union. In November, the retail trade volume rose by 2.0% in the euro area and by 2.1% in
In December 2017 compared with December 2016, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 1.9% in
the euro area and by 2.4% in the EU28.
The average retail trade for the year 2017, compared with 2016, rose by 2.6% in both the euro area and EU28.
The 1.1% decrease in the volume of retail trade in the euro area in December 2017, compared with November
2017, is due to falls of 1.5% for automotive fuel, of 1.2% for non-food products and of 0.7% for “Food, drinks and
tobacco”. In the EU28, the 1.0% decrease in the volume of retail trade is due to falls of 1.1% for non-food products
and of 0.7% for both “Food, drinks and tobacco” and automotive fuel.
Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in the total retail trade volume were
registered in Luxembourg (-6.2%), Ireland (-2.7%) and Slovenia (-2.3%), while the highest increases were
observed in Malta (+3.1%), Estonia (+1.8%) and Romania (+1.3%).