German retailers sold €3.0bn (US$3.17bn) worth of organic food in 2002, representing a year-on-year increase of 0.5%. According to the Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren (German Natural Food Association), this corresponds to 2.7% of total food sales in Germany. Growth has slowed considerably since the year before, a state of affairs attributed largely to the overall slowdown of the German economy, growth in unemployment and global political factors, the BNN said.