Retail turnover over 4 percent up in August

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved over 4 percent turnover growth in August year-on-year. The volume of sales increased by 3 percent. Turnover results improved in the food as well as the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by nearly 18 percent

Retail turnover data have been adjusted for changes in the shopping-day pattern. Retail sales tend to vary from one day to the next. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in August was nearly 6 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover growth non-food sector close to 5 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector rose by almost 5 percent in August. Sales (turnover adjusted for price changes) were also nearly 5 percent up year-on-year. For eight consecutive months, both turnover and sales in the non-food sector have seen a growing trend.

Shops selling DIY products, kitchens and floor coverings, furniture and household articles saw the most substantial turnover increase. Turnover generated by shops selling recreational goods, personal care products, clothing, footwear and leather products was also up. Turnover generated by consumer electronics shops increased only slightly.

Nearly 3 percent turnover growth for food sector

Food, beverages and tobacco shops generated a turnover growth of almost 3 percent in August. The volume of sales remained the same as in August 2016. Turnover realised by supermarkets increased by over 3 percent, while specialist shops recorded hardly any growth. The volume of sales by supermarkets was slightly higher, while sales decreased by almost 3 percent for specialist shops.

Turnover non-food sector (adjusted for shopping-days)
 July 2017August 2017
Total food3.22.9
Specialised shops selling food1.20.1
Total non-food4.34.6
DIY shops, kitchens, floors6.18.2
Furniture, household articles9.56
Drug stores, perfume shops3.64.3
Footwear and leather goods -1.83.6
Recreation goods2.72.9
Consumer electronics5.80.3

Online shops realise almost 18 percent turnover growth

In August, online shops saw their turnover grow by almost 18 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover growth of almost 15 percent; their core activity is selling goods and services over the Internet. Multi-channelers (retailers selling goods and services over the Internet and in the traditional manner) realised a turnover growth of nearly 22 percent.