EU: EU food sales show robust growth
Bouyant January sales figures reported in most countries of the European Union (EU) were particularly noteworthy this year because food, drink and tobacco purchases were healthier than non-food goods, the usual target of post-Christmas sales.
EU statistical agency Eurostat said that January EU-wide sales of food, drink and tobacco were more robust (up 2.2% from December's typically high demand), compared with an increase of 1.1% for non-food products.
Across all sectors, the EU's retail trade has picked up compared with 2003, with a 2.2% increase showing a market improvement over weaker pre-Christmas sales, where a 0.4% rise was recorded.
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