Eurozone retail sales edges up in December
Among member states, the highest yearly increases in total retail trade in December 2015were observed in Romania (+14.3%), Ireland (+6.1%), Estonia (+5.8%) and Poland (+5.5%), while the highest decreases were seen in Portugal (-1.3%), Belgium (-1.2%) and Denmark (-0.3%).
In 2015, retail sales in the eurozone rose 2.4% compared with 2014. The gain was attributed to higher disposable income owing to lower oil prices, which led to an increase in spending on goods and services by households.
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