Euro zone retail sales were stronger than expected in January, new data showed today.

The figures showed a rebound from a December slump thanks to a jump in sales through the internet as well as demand for computers, books and fuel. 

The European Union's statistics office Eurostat said retail sales in the 19 countries sharing the euro rose 1.3% month-on-month in January after a 1.4% drop in December. 

They were 2.2% higher than in January 2018, accelerating from a 0.3% year-on-year rise in December. 

Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 1.2% monthly increase and a 1.9% annual gain. 

Retail sales are an indication of domestic demand, but they are often revised.

The data for December was revised from he originally reported 1.6% monthly fall and a 0.8% year-on-year increase.