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Eurozone retail sales rise 0.1% in April

Retail trade in the eurozone rose 0.1% month on month in April in volume terms, while the European Union saw a 0.5% increase, seasonally adjusted data from the EU statistical office showed June 6.

Revised data for March showed a 0.2% retail sales increase in the euro area and a 0.1% drop for the EU.

In annual terms, April's calendar-adjusted retail sales index increased by 2.5% in the euro area and by 3.0% in the EU.

Euro area monthly growth in April was due to a rise of 0.6% for food, drinks and tobacco, while nonfood products fell by 0.4% and automotive fuel by 0.8%. In the EU, the 0.5% increase in the volume of retail trade came as food, drinks and tobacco trade was up 0.6% and nonfood products increased by 0.4%, while automotive fuel fell by 0.3%.

Among the member states, the highest increases in total retail trade volume were registered in the U.K., with 2.8%; Finland, with 2.0%; and Portugal and Sweden, in third place with 1.5% growth. The largest decreases were observed in Croatia, with 2.1%; Austria, with 1.2%; and Hungary with 0.8%, Eurostat said.