Eurozone's retail trade tumbled 11.7 percent from a month earlier in April 2020, the largest decline since comparable series began in 1995 and compared to market expectations of a 15 percent plunge, as the COVID-19 containment measures widely introduced by Member States again had a significant impact on demand and activity. There were declines in almost all categories: fuel (-27.7 percent vs -26.4 percent in March); food, drinks, tobacco (-5.5 percent vs 5.2 percent); and non-food products (-17.0 percent vs -21.4 percent) in particular textiles, clothing & footwear and electrical goods & furniture. On-line trade, however, jumped 10.9 percent.

Retail Sales MoM in the Euro Area averaged 0.02 percent from 1995 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2.80 percent in October of 1999 and a record low of -11.70 percent in April of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - Euro Area Retail Sales MoM - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Euro Area Retail Sales MoM - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2020. source: Eurostat

Retail Sales MoM in Euro Area is expected to be 1.70 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales MoM in Euro Area to stand at 1.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Euro Area Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.60 percent in 2021 and 0.50 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Euro Area Retail Sales MoM

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-11.70 -11.10 2.80 -11.70 1995 - 2020 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-03-04 10:00 AM Jan 0.6% -1.1% 0.6% 0.8%
2020-04-03 09:00 AM Feb 0.9% 0.7% 0.1% 0.2%
2020-05-06 09:00 AM Mar -11.2% 0.6% -10.5% -10.8%
2020-06-04 09:00 AM Apr -11.7% -11.1% -15% -18.6%
2020-07-06 09:00 AM May -11.7% 15% 14.8%
2020-08-05 09:00 AM Jun 1.7%
2020-09-03 09:00 AM Jul
2020-10-05 09:00 AM Aug


News Stream
Eurozone Retail Sales Fall the Most on Record
Eurozone's retail trade tumbled 11.7 percent from a month earlier in April 2020, the largest decline since comparable series began in 1995 and compared to market expectations of a 15 percent plunge, as the COVID-19 containment measures widely introduced by Member States again had a significant impact on demand and activity. There were declines in almost all categories: fuel (-27.7 percent vs -26.4 percent in March); food, drinks, tobacco (-5.5 percent vs 5.2 percent); and non-food products (-17.0 percent vs -21.4 percent) in particular textiles, clothing & footwear and electrical goods & furniture. On-line trade, however, jumped 10.9 percent.
2020-06-04
Eurozone Retail Sales Fall at Record Pace
Eurozone's retail trade tumbled 11.2 percent from a month earlier in March 2020, the largest decline since comparable series began in 1995 and compared to market expectations of a 10.5 percent plunge, as the coronavirus crisis led to restriction measures that forced businesses to close and consumers to stay at home. Sales of automotive fuel plummeted 20.8 percent (vs -1.2 percent in February) and non-food products trade slumped 23.1 percent (vs -0.4 percent in February) led by textiles, clothing, footwear; electrical goods and furniture; computer equipment, books and other; and pharmaceutical and medical goods. Online sales rose at a slower pace. Food, drinks, tobacco trade jumped 5.0 percent, following a 2.5 percent increase in the previous month.
2020-05-06
Eurozone Retail Sales Jump in February
Eurozone's retail trade rose 0.9 percent from a month earlier in February 2020, following an upwardly revised 0.7 percent growth in January and easily beating market expectations of 0.1 percent, as households stocked up on food and drink and sharply increased their online spending amid the rapid spread of Covid-19. Food, drinks, tobacco sales advanced 2.4 percent (vs 0.8 percent in January) and mail orders and internet jumped 5.6 percent (vs -1.3 percent in January). Sales also rose for pharmaceutical and medical goods (1.1 percent vs 0.5 percent), electrical goods and furniture (0.7 percent vs 1.8 percent), and textiles, clothing, footwear (0.5 percent vs 0.0 percent). By contrast, there were declines in sales of computer equipment, books and other (-0.3 percent vs 1.6 percent) and automotive fuel (-0.1 percent vs 2.0 percent). Year-on-year, retail trade growth accelerated to 3.0 percent, also beating forecasts of 1.7 percent.
2020-04-03
Eurozone Retail Trade Rebounds in January
Retail sales in the Euro Area rose by 0.6 percent from the previous month in January 2020, recovering from a revised 1.1 percent drop in December and matching market expectations. There were increases in sales of non-food products (0.4 percent vs -1.1 percent) such as electrical goods and furniture (0.4 percent vs -1.4 percent) and pharmaceutical and medical goods (0.4 percent vs -1.2 percent). In addition, food, drinks, tobacco trade rebounded (0.7 percent vs -1.1 percent) as well as automotive fuel sales (1.9 percent vs -0.1 percent).
2020-03-04

Euro Area Retail Sales MoM
In the Euro Area, retail sales show the evolution of the total amount of goods sold. Among them, food drinks and tobacco account for the highest share (39.3 percent); followed by electrical goods and furniture (12.0 percent share); computer equipment books and other (11.4 percent share); pharmaceutical and medical goods (9.9 percent share); textiles, clothing, footwear (9.2 percent share); auto fuel (9.1 percent share); other non-food products (6.0 percent share) and mail orders and internet (2.9 percent share). Among countries, Germany has the highest weight (25.9 percent), followed by France (21.7 percent), Italy (16.1 percent) and Spain (11.4 percent). Others are Netherlands (5.2 percent); Belgium (4.3 percent); Greece (3.0 percent); Austria (2.8 percent); Portugal (2.4 percent); Finland (1.8 percent); Ireland (1.7 percent); Luxembourg and Slovakia (0.8 percent each); Slovenia (0.6 percent); Lithuania (0.4 percent); Latvia and Cyprus (0.3 percent); Estonia (0.2 percent) and Malta (0.1 percent).