TABLE-Greek Dec retail sales down 8.5 pct, shrink 34 pct since 2009

Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:07am EST

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ATHENS, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Greek retail sales by volume fell
8.5 percent year-on-year in December after a revised 16.7
percent drop in the previous month, statistics service (ELSTAT)
data showed on Thursday.
    Austerity measures imposed by the debt-laden country's
foreign lenders have hurt private consumption, the main driver
of its economy. 
    Retail sales dropped 12 percent in 2012, bringing total
contraction over the past four years to 34 percent.
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    KEY FIGURES             DEC     NOV      OCT    SEPT      
    Retail sales*  
    by volume (y/y)         -8.5   -16.7*   -18.1  -11.8     
    Retail sales* 
    by revenue (y/y)        -8.0   -16.5*   -17.1  -10.4     
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    * Includes fuels and auto lubricants
    ** revised 
    source: ELSTAT
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