Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, today reported that the volume of retail trade in November 2012 rose 0.2 percent compared to October 2012 in the EU’s 27 member states.
The EU’s retail sales index in November dropped 1.3 percent year-over-year, however.
In November, among the member states for which data are available, total retail trade rose in 10 and fell in 11, compared to October. The highest increases were registered in Finland, Romania and Latvia, and the largest decreases in Luxembourg, Ireland and Portugal.
Total retail trade in November, compared to November 2011, fell in 11 and rose in 10 member countries. The largest decreases were observed in Spain, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Portugal, and the highest increases in Latvia, Belgium and Estonia.