Higher retail turnover in July

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According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the retail sector realised 0.9 percent turnover growth in July compared to the same month last year. The volume of sales grew 1.1 percent. The shopping-day pattern had a negative effect on turnover. Food and non-food shops gained turnover in July. Online retailers realised considerable turnover growth.

July 2016 had a Saturday and a Sunday more and a Wednesday and a Thursday less than July 2015. Corrected for the shopping-day pattern, turnover growth was marginally higher in July.

Turnover growth for food sector

Food, drinks and tobacco shops generated a 1.0 percent year-on-year turnover growth in July. Sales were at approximately the same level as one year previously, consumer prices were more than 1 percent higher. Specialist shops realised 3.1 percent turnover growth, supermarkets 0.6 percent.

Non-food sector also generates turnover growth

In the non-food sector, year-on-year turnover growth was 0.8 percent in July. Sales improved marginally (0.3 percent), consumer prices rose by 0.6 percent.

Clothing shops boasted a turnover growth by nearly 8 percent. DIY shops also saw turnover grow, just as in the preceding months. In July, DIY shops achieved a turnover growth by more than 5 percent. Home furnishing shops and chemist shops more or less maintained the level of one year previously. In June, these branches reported a turnover growth by 9.5 and 4.5 percent respectively.

Consumer electronics shops recorded 4 percent loss of turnover.


Turnover non-food sector
 June 2016July 2016
Total food2.51
Specialised shops selling food1.53.1
DIY shops3.45.1
Total non-food sector0.50.8
Home furnishing shops9.50.7
Chemists shops4.50.1
Consumer electronics-0.4-4.1

Solid growth online shops

Online retail turnover soared by 16 percent year-on-year in July. Multi-channelers (retailers selling goods and services over the internet and in the traditional manner) realised a turnover growth by 13 percent. Retailers exclusively selling goods and services over the internet achieved a turnover growth by 19 percent relative to July 2015.