Retail trade remained stable in the EU and recorded a 0.2% decrease in the euro area.


Sales of food, beverages and tobacco dropped by 0.8%, whereas fuel sales went down by 0.4%.


Latvia (1.2%), Malta and Slovenia (1.1%), Lithuania (1%) posted the biggest increases. Second most significant drop after Romania was Portugal’s (-1.2%), followed by Spain’s (-0.7%).


Compared to February 2014, retail trade went up by 3% in the euro area and by 3.6% in the EU. (source: