BRUSSELS, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- The volume of retail trade in eurozone 17 nations in August inched up by 0.1 percent as compared with July, according to a report published on Wednesday by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU).
However, in 27-member block EU, the figure was down by 0.1 percent over the same period.
Retail trade in August experienced 1.3 percent year-on-year decrease in eurozone while remained stable in EU.
Among components of retail trade, "food, drinks and tobacco" underwent a 0.1 percent increase in both the eurozone and EU on a monthly base. The non-food sector fell by 0.7 percent and 0.8 percent respectively.
With respect to annual changes, "food, drinks and tobacco" fell by 0.9 percent in the eurozone and by 0.2 percent in the EU. The non food sector fell by 1.5 percent in eurozone but rose by 0.5 percent in EU.
The report also showed that among member states, twelve saw month-on-month increase and seven saw decrease, while Belgium and Bulgaria remained unchanged. The largest decrease occurred in Poland (-1.3 percent), Denmark (-1.1 percent) France and Lithuania (both -0.8 percent), while the highest increases were observed in Luxembourg (2.9 percent), Portugal (2.8 percent) and Slovenia (2.2 percent).