FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Retail sales have declined in April for the second consecutive time, although the decline has been somewhat softer than expected, according to data released by National Statistics.

Sales have declined 0.2% from March to April, following another 0.2% decline in the previous month, revised up from the 0.4% decline previously estimated, year on year, retail sales have risen 4.2%, after a 4.6% yearly increase posted in March.

The three-month performance, which erases seasonal influence has posted a 1.5% increase from February to April, down from the 1.9% increase in the January March period. Food sales increased 1.0% in the last three months, while sales in non-food stores rose 1.7% in the aforementioned period.