Retail sales increased in February in the euro area and the European Union (EU), with Portugal recording the third-largest rise, both year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter, according to Eurostat.
According to the European Statistical Office, compared to February 2019, retail sales rose 3.0 percent in the euro area and 3.2 percent in the EU.
Compared to January, the indicator grew 0.9 percent in the average of the euro countries and 0.8 percent in the 27 member states.
In the year-on-year comparison, the highest increases in retail sales were recorded in Romania (11.9 percent), Hungary (11.4 percent) and Portugal (8.4 percent), with only a decline of 5.2 percent in Slovenia.
Compared to January, in February the indicator had the highest increases in Estonia (4.4 percent), Latvia (3.5 percent) and Portugal (3.0 percent) and the main falls in Ireland (-2.7 percent), Slovenia (-1.8 percent), Croatia and Poland (-0.2 percent each).