German Retail Sales Plunge By 5.0% YoY In October Vs. -2.8% Expected

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  • German Retail Sales arrived at -5.0% YoY in October vs. -2.8% expected.
  • Retail Sales in Germany came in at -2.8% MoM in October vs. -0.6% expected.

Germany's Retail Sales decreased by 2.8% MoM in October versus -0.6% expected and 0.9% previous, the official figures released by Destatis showed on Thursday.

On an annualized basis, the bloc’s Retail Sales came in at -5.0% in October versus the -2.8% expected and a 0.9% drop recorded in September.

FX implications

The Euro shrugs off the downbeat German data. At the time of writing, the major trades at 1.0455, up 0.47% so far.

About German Retail Sales

The Retail Sales released by the Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland is a measure of changes in sales of the German retail sector. It shows the performance of the retail sector in the short term. Percent changes reflect the rate of changes in such sales. The changes are widely followed as an indicator of consumer spending. Positive economic growth is usually anticipated as "bullish" for the EUR, while a low reading is seen as negative, or bearish, for the EUR.

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