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Romania among the EU countries with the highest increase in retail, in Feb

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In February 2021 compared with February 2020, the calendar adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by 2.9% in the eurozone and by 2.2% in the EU, with Romania being among the EU countries with the highest increase in the retail trade, showed data published on Monday by the European Statistical Office Eurostat.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in total retail trade volume were registered in Portugal (-15.4%), Slovakia (-14.7%) and Malta (-8.9%). The highest increases were observed in Belgium (+11.0%), Austria (+5.2%) and Croatia (+5.1%).

In the EU, the volume of retail trade decreased by 11.9% for automotive fuels and by 4.0% for non-food products (mail orders and internet increased by 37.9%), while it increased by 1.8% for food, drinks and tobacco.

In February 2021, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 3.0% in the euro area and by 2.9% in the EU, compared with January 2021.

Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in total retail trade were registered in Austria (+28.2%), Slovenia (+16.4%) and Italy (+8.4%). The largest decreases were observed in Malta (-1.5%), France and Hungary (both -1.2%).

In January 2021, the retail trade volume fell by 5.2% in the euro area and by 4.6% in the EU.

In the EU the volume of retail trade increased by 6.2% for non-food products and by 2.4% for automotive fuels, while it decreased by 0.8% for food, drinks and tobacco. 

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