Eurozone retail registers growth, Malta with largest decline
Euro zone retail sales were stronger than expected in February, data showed on Monday, as some countries eased their COVID-19 pandemic restrictions before tightening them again in March.
The European Union’s statistics office said retail sales in the 19 countries sharing the euro rose 3.0% month-on-month in February for a 2.9% year-on-year fall.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases in total retail trade were registered in Austria (+28.2%), Slovenia (+16.4%) and Italy (+8.4%). The largest decreases were observed in Malta (1.5%), France and Hungary (both 1.2%).
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