Retail turnover almost 2 percent up in October

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 1.6 percent turnover growth in October year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 0.7 percent. Turnover in the food sector grew by 4 percent, while turnover in the non-food sector shrank by 2.3 percent. Furthermore, online sales increased by almost 15 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 October was 0.2 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 S5.7
2017 O1.6

Turnover non-food sector down by over 2 percent

For the first time since December 2016, both turnover and volume of sales in the non-food sector were down year-on-year. Turnover in the non-food sector fell by over 2 percent in October. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was nearly 2 percent down year-on-year.

Shops selling clothing, footwear and leather products saw a substantial turnover decrease, whereas in September they achieved the largest 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 to October because of the mild weather.

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

4 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 4 percent turnover growth in October, volume of sales increased by over 1 percent. Supermarkets saw higher turnover growth than specialist shops. Furthermore, volume of sales by supermarkets was up year-on-year, but remained the same for specialist shops.

Turnover by sector (adjusted for shopping-days)
 September 2017October 2017
Total food24
Supermarkets2.24.2
Specialised shops selling food13.1
Total non-food7.2-2.3
DIY shops, kitchens, floors5.54.1
Furniture, household articles8.83.9
Drug stores, perfume shops5.71.6
Recreation goods-1.3-4.2
Consumer electronics0.6-5.3
Clothing10.9-10.9
Footwear and leather goods 20.6-13.5

Online shops realise almost 15 percent turnover growth

In October, online shops saw their turnover go up by almost 15 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of over 17 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 over 11 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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