Retail sales volume grew by 0.1% in euro area and by 0.2% in EU28 in July compared to June.

When compared with the data from June 2012, the retail sales index dropped by 1.3% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28.

Month-on-month, sales of food, drinks and tobacco increased by 1% in the euro area and by 1.1% in the EU28 in July, while sales in non food sector dropped by 0.4% in the euro area and by 0.3% in EU28.

Among the member states for which data are available, total retail sales spiked in twelve, fell in eight and remained stable in Spain and Lithuania. Latvia, Romania and France posted the highest increases, while Slovenia, Germany and Sweden took the maximum hit.

Year-on-year, sales of food, drinks and tobacco dropped by 0.6% in the euro area and remained stable in the EU28 in July 2013 as compared with the previous year. The non-food sector decreased by 1.6% and 0.1% respectively.

Total retail sales declined in eight states and rose in fourteen, in July on an annual basis. Slovenia, Spain, and Portugal posted largest decreases while Luxembourg, Malta, and Lithuania were on top of retail sales charts.