Volume of retail trade was up by 5.9 per cent in Romania in December 2013, y-o-y, according to Eurostat data, the statistical office of the European Union. This was the third highest annual growth rate in the EU after Luxembourg (+9.4 per cent) and Poland (+6.7 per cent). The largest drops were reported in Germany (-2.4 per cent), Belgium (-1.9 per cent) and Finland (-1.3 per cent). Overall, in December 2013 compared with December 2012, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade decreased by 1.0 per cent in the euro area and rose by 0.1 per cent in the EU28. The average volume of retail trade for the year 2013, compared with 2012, fell by 0.9 per cent in the euro area and by 0.2 per cent in the EU28. Total retail trade fell in 8 member states and increased in 14. In December 2013 compared with the previous month, the retail sales index fell by 1.6 percent in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.8 percent in the EU28. Food, drinks and tobacco fell by 1.4 per cent in the euro area and by 0.7 per cent in the EU28. The non-food sector decreased by 1.8 per cent and 0.9 per cent, respectively.