Retail turnover 5.5 percent up in November

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 5.5 percent turnover growth in November year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 4.1 percent. Turnover grew in both the food sector 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 November was over 6 percent higher than in the same month one year previously.

Turnover growth non-food sector over 5 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector rose by over 5 percent in November. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was also over 5 percent up year-on-year.

Shops selling personal care products, DIY products, kitchens and flooring achieved the largest turnover increase.

Turnover of shops selling furniture and household articles, footwear and leather products and consumer electronics also grew. Turnover generated by clothing shops remained the same, while turnover generated by shops selling recreational goods decreased for the third month in a row.

Almost 4 percent higher turnover for food sector

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

Turnover by sector (adjusted for shopping-days)
 October 2017November 2017
Total food3.93.8
Specialised shops selling food2.41.8
Total non-food-2.45.1
Drug stores, perfume shops1.67.8
DIY shops, kitchens, floors4.17.6
Furniture, household articles45.2
Consumer electronics-5.34.8
Footwear and leather goods -13.64.7
Recreation goods-4.2-3.1

Online shops realise over 23 percent turnover growth

In November, online shops saw their turnover go up by over 23 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of over 22 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 24 percent higher turnover in online sales.