Retail turnover 3.5 percent up in January

© Hollandse Hoogte / Merlin Daleman
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 retail sector (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
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 M4.8
2017 A4.6
2017 M3.4
2017 J4
2017 J4.2
2017 A4.1
2017 S5.5
2017 O1.3
2017 N5.3
2017 D3.4
2018 J3.5

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.

Turnover by retail sector (year-on-year % change)
 Dec 2017Jan 2018
Total food3.71.5
Specialised shops selling food-0.2-1.8
Total non-food1.32.1
DIY shops, kitchens, floors4.64.1
Drug stores, perfume shops4.73.7
Furniture, household articles-0.31.6
Recreation goods-4.30.5
Consumer electronics-4.4-1.1
Footwear and leather goods 3.8-5.8

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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