Retail turnover almost 6 percent up in September

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 5.8 percent turnover growth in September year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 4.4 percent. Turnover results improved in both the food and the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by over 23 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 September was nearly 7 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover developments retail sector (adjusted for shopping-days)
 Turnover
2013 J-3
2013 F-1.7
2013 M-4.4
2013 A-1.3
2013 M-1.9
2013 J-1.4
2013 J-1.2
2013 A-1.5
2013 S-3.8
2013 O-2.5
2013 N-1.7
2013 D-1.2
2014 J0.2
2014 F0.6
2014 M0.9
2014 A1.2
2014 M-0.3
2014 J0.4
2014 J-0.5
2014 A1.9
2014 S-1.9
2014 O1.2
2014 N2.2
2014 D0.7
2015 J0.1
2015 F1.3
2015 M0.9
2015 A1
2015 M0.9
2015 J3
2015 J2.1
2015 A0.5
2015 S3.4
2015 O1.2
2015 N0.3
2015 D1.9
2016 J0.8
2016 F0.2
2016 M0.2
2016 A-0.8
2016 M2.3
2016 J0.5
2016 J2.1
2016 A1.1
2016 S0.2
2016 O5.4
2016 N4.4
2016 D2
2017 J5.2
2017 F4.4
2017 M4.6
2017 A4.7
2017 M3.5
2017 J4.1
2017 J4.3
2017 A4.2
2017 S5.8

Turnover growth non-food sector over 7 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector rose by over 7 percent in September. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was nearly 8 percent up year-on-year. For nine consecutive months, both turnover and volume of sales have seen an upward trend in the non-food sector.

Shops selling clothing, footwear and leather products saw the most substantial turnover increase within the non-food sector. This was mainly related to weather conditions. Last year, September was relatively mild and dry, whereas this year it was relatively cool and wet. Consequently, consumers bought more clothes and shoes in the month of September as opposed to last year, when (some of) these purchases were postponed because of the mild weather.

Turnover was up at shops selling furniture, household articles, personal care products, DIY products, kitchens, flooring and consumer electronics. On the other hand, turnover generated by shops selling recreational goods decreased slightly.

Turnover by sector (adjusted for shopping-days)
 August 2017September 2017
Total food2.62.2
Supermarkets2.82.2
Specialised shops selling food1.12.1
Total non-food4.37.3
Footwear and leather goods 3.920.3
Clothing3.511
Furniture, household articles5.78.7
Drug stores, perfume shops3.95.9
DIY shops, kitchens, floors8.25.4
Consumer electronics-2.80.4
Recreation goods2.8-0.1

Over 2 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved over 2 percent turnover growth in September, although the volume of sales decreased by almost 1 percent. Both supermarkets and specialist shops saw roughly the same development in turnover (up by 2 percent) and volume of sales (down by almost 1 percent).

Online shops realise over 23 percent turnover growth

In September, online shops saw their turnover go up by more than 23 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 19 percent; their core activity is selling goods and services over the Internet. Multi-channel retailers (retailers selling goods and services over the Internet as a side activity) achieved nearly 31 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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