Eurozone retail sales volume dropped -2.7% mom in December, worse than expectation of -2.5% mom. The volume of retail trade decreased by -2.9% for food, drinks and tobacco and by -2.6% for non-food products, while it grew by 2.3% for automotive fuels.
EU retail sales contracted -2.6% mom. Among Member States for which data are available, the largest monthly decreases in the total retail trade volume were registered in the Netherlands (-6.3%), Germany (-5.3%) and Luxembourg (-3.8%). The highest increases were observed in Slovakia (+2.3%), Austria (+1.6%) and Romania (+1.3%).