Euro zone retail sales increased in both euro area and EU28 in the month of August, compared to July 2014, according to the data from the European Union’s Statistics Office Eurostat.

In the euro area (EA18), retail sales increased by 1.2% and in the EU28, retail sales grew by 1.4%, as against the previous month.

In July retail trade fell by 0.4% in both zones. Retail sales index in August 2014 increased by 1.9% in the euro area and by 2.5% in the EU28, compared with August 2013.

Month-on-month, sales in automotive fuel, non-food sector and food, drinks and tobacco rose by 1.7%, 1.5%, and 0.6%.

During the period, the highest increases in total retail trade were registered in Germany and Luxembourg (both +2.5%), Portugal and Sweden (both +2.3%) and Poland (+2.2%), while the largest decreases were observed in Romania and Slovakia (both -0.6%).

Year -on-year, sales in the euro area for non-food sector rose by 3.6%, while sales in food, drinks and tobacco and automotive fuel fell by 0.2%.

In the EU28, the 2.5% increase in retail trade is due to a rise of 4.9% for the non-food sector, while food, drinks and tobacco remained stable and automotive fuel decreased by 0.5%.