According to estimates from Eurostat, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 0.3% in both the euro area and the EU MoM in August. In July, the trade volume fell by 2.6% in the euro area and 2.1% in the EU in July 2021.

In August, the calendar adjusted volume of retail trade in the euro area remained stable YoY, whereas it climbed by 1.1% in the EU.

The volume of retail trade in the euro area increased MoM by 1.8% for non-food products, whereas it decreased by 0.1% for automotive fuels, and by 1.7% for food, drinks, and tobacco.

The volume of retail trade in the EU climbed MoM by 1.8% for non-food products, and declined by 0.3% for automotive fuels and by 1.5% for food, drinks, and tobacco.

The largest monthly increases in total retail trade were recorded in Malta (+2.7%), Ireland (+2.5%), and Slovakia (+2.0%), among Member States for which data are available. By contrast, Denmark (-1.4%), Estonia, and France (both -1.2%) saw the largest decreases.

The volume of retail trade in the euro area climbed YoY by 1.3% for non-food products, and by 1.2% for automotive fuels, while it decreased by 1.9% for food, drinks, and tobacco.

The volume of retail trade in the EU climbed YoY by 3.0% for non-food products and by 2.1% for automotive fuels, while it decreased by 1.5% for food, drinks and tobacco.

The largest annual increases in total retail trade were recorded in Malta (+19.6%), Croatia (+18.1%), and Slovenia (+12.3%), among Member States for which data are available. Belgium (-4.9%), France (-2.1%), Spain, and Luxembourg (both -1.3%) registered the largest declines.