Euro zone retail sales rose more than expected in September, and August data was also revised upwards, data showed today. 

The new figures signal continued consumer demand, especially in online shopping, despite slowing economic growth, data showed on Wednesday. 

The European Union's statistics office Eurostat said retail sales in the 19 countries sharing the euro were flat month-on-month for a 0.8% year-on-year gain. 

Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 0.1% monthly rise and a 0.7% annual increase. 

Eurostat also revised strongly upwards August data to a 0.3% month-on-month rise from a 0.2% monthly fall and to a 2.2% year-on-year gain from a 1.8% increase. 

While retail sales of shoes and clothes fell in September in monthly and annual terms, mail orders and internet purchases jumped 2.2%on the month and 5.2% year-on-year. 

Euro zone economic growth slowed to 0.2% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of the year, preliminary Eurostat data showed at the end of October.

This was down from 0.4% in the three months from April to June.