Euro zone retail trade rose by 0.4 per cent in October, according to new estimates from Eurostat. In the EU28, the volume increased by 0.7 per cent.

Year-on-year, the retail sales index in the euro area increased by 1.4 per cent and was up 2 per cent in the entire EU28.

The data shows sales of non-food products and auto fuel made the largest contributions to the monthly rise in the index.

On a yearly basis, the highest increases in the volume of retail trade were observed in Luxembourg (12.5 per cent), Estonia (6.9 per cent) and Slovakia (6.5 per cent).

Decreases were observed in Malta (-3.7 per cent) and Slovenia (-0.1 per cent).