The report finds that retail sales index were low by 0.1% in the euro area and high by 0.5% in the EU28 in October 2013 compared with October last year. Retail trade too was on the wane in the euro area by 0.6% and in EU28 by 0.4% in September 2013.

However, food, drinks and tobacco trade rose by 0.7% and 0.5% in the euro area and EU28, respectively in October over September. The non-food sector trade saw a fall of 0.8% in the euro area and 0.9% in EU28.

A monthly comparison among the member states for which data is available observed total retail trade falling in nine states and increasing in eleven.

The largest decreases were recorded in Spain which saw a fall of 1.8%, followed by Denmark and Poland, both of which, recorded a fall of 1.3%.

The highest increases were recorded in Estonia which witnessed a rise of 3.1% in retail trade, followed by France and Slovenia, both recording a rise of 1.2%.

Food, drinks and tobacco trade reduced by 0.1% in the euro area and remained stable in the EU28 in October 2013 as compared to October 2012. The non-food sector, too, fell by 0.6% in the euro area and escalated to 0.7% in the EU28 in this period.

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Total retail trade fell in eight states and increased in twelve states as per the annual comparison between member states for which data is available.

Highest decreases were recorded in Belgium, followed by Denmark and Slovenia which saw a fall of 3.8%, 2.4% and 2.1% respectively. Bulgaria recorded the highest increase of 6.9%, followed by Estonia observing a rise of 6.4% and Poland seeing a 5% rise.