Recent figures released by Cosmetics Europe show that exports of personal care products from the European Union are on the rise for 2013, helping the European cosmetics industry to stabilize sales despite a tough economic climate and a home market down by -0.8 per cent. Sales of the European personal care sector have decreased by -0.8% in 2013 compared to the previous year. Total sales for the 28 member states of the European Union, plus Norway and Switzerland, reached EUR 72 billion in 2013. Sales in Spain and in Greece decreased by 3.6 per cent, and by -1.2 per cent in Italy. In France, sales of personal care products declined by -0.4%. On the other, the German market grew by +0.6 per cent. Germany (EUR 12.896 billion), France (EUR 10.542 billion) and Italy (EUR 9.936 billion) remains the main EU markets for cosmetics (retail sales prices).