BERLIN (Reuters) - German retail sales fell unexpectedly in July, data showed on Friday, but the marginal fall is unlikely to raise concerns that consumption will stop propelling growth in Europe’s largest economy.
Retail sales, a volatile indicator that is often subject to revision, fell by 0.4 percent on the month in July in real terms, the Federal Statistics Office said.
Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a flat reading.
On the year, retail sales rose by 0.8 percent.
Consumption has been the main driver of growth in Germany, whose export sector has been weakening by concerns that trade friction will hurt German manufacturers.
Reporting by Joseph Nasr; editing by Jason Neely