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Clothes, furniture boost euro zone retail sales in Sept

By
Reuters
Published
Nov 7, 2017

A surge in sales of clothes, furniture and electrical goods boosted euro zone retail sales in September by more than expected, pointing to rising domestic demand as the economy gathers pace.


Retail sales saw a 3.7 percent year-on-year jump - Asics


The European Union’s statistics office Eurostat said on Tuesday that retail sales in the 19 countries sharing the euro rose 0.7 percent month-on-month for a 3.7 percent year-on-year jump.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected a monthly rise of 0.6 percent and a 2.7 percent annual gain.
Eurostat also revised sharply upwards retail sales data for August to -0.1 percent month-on-month from -0.5 percent previously estimated and to a gain of 2.3 percent year-on-year from 1.2 percent.

Retail sales signal the strength of domestic demand -- a vital component of the euro zone’s gross domestic product, which in the third quarter rose 0.6 percent quarter-on-quarter and 2.5 percent year-on-year, accelerating from 2.3 percent in the previous three months.

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