Malta's volume of retail trade drops by 0.5% since February 2019

Compared with the same month last year, Malta still registered an increase of 1.3% in retail trade volume

The highest decreases in the total retail volume were registered in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria
The highest decreases in the total retail volume were registered in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria

Malta's volume of retail trade has dropped by 0.5% since February 2019 as the average retail trade volume increased by the same amount in both the euro area and EU28.

The highest decreases were observed in Slovenia (-3.1%), Croatia (-1.9%), and Austria (-0.8%) followed closely by Malta with -0.5%.

Compared with the same month of the previous year, however, Malta registered a 1.3% increase in retail trade volume.

The statistics were published by a Eurostat report on Monday.

On average in the euro area and EU28, in March 2019 compared with February of the same year, the volume of retail trade increased by 0.6% for food, drinks and tobacco while automotive fuel decreased by 0.6% and non-food products decreased by 0.4%.
Among Member States for which data are available, the largest increases in the total retail trade volume since February were registered in Lithuania (+1.7%), Portugal (+1.2%) and the United Kingdom (+1.1%).

The highest yearly increases in the total trade volume ere registered in Ireland (10.8%), Romania (9.3%) and Croatia and Luxembourg (8.6%).

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