Retail turnover 3.5 percent up in January

15/03/2018 15:00
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.5 percent turnover growth in January year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 2.4 percent. Turnover grew in both the food sector and the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by over 22 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 January was almost 5 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover growth non-food sector over 2 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector rose by over 2 percent in January. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was also over 2 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 and shops selling recreational goods also grew.

Turnover generated by clothing shops remained the same, while turnover generated by shops selling footwear and leather products and consumer electronics decreased.

1.5 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.5 percent turnover growth in January, but volume of sales decreased by almost 1 percent. Supermarkets saw turnover growth, while specialist shops recorded turnover loss. Volume of sales by supermarkets as well as specialist shops was down.

Online shops realise over 22 percent turnover growth

In January, online shops saw their turnover go up by 22.5 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of over 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 over 26 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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