Retail turnover almost 3 percent up in February

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 2.6 percent turnover growth in February year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 2 percent. Turnover grew in both the food sector and the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by over 17.5 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. In February, however, there is no shopping-day effect. February has four calendar weeks.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
2014 J1
2014 F1.6
2014 M2
2014 A1.9
2014 M0.1
2014 J0.7
2014 J0
2014 A2.6
2014 S-1.3
2014 O2
2014 N2.9
2014 D1.8
2015 J1.4
2015 F2.4
2015 M1.4
2015 A1.6
2015 M1.4
2015 J4
2015 J2.9
2015 A1
2015 S5
2015 O2.4
2015 N1.1
2015 D2.8
2016 J1.5
2016 F2.2
2016 M1.5
2016 A0.8
2016 M3.5
2016 J1.4
2016 J2.8
2016 A2.1
2016 S0.4
2016 O5.2
2016 N5
2016 D2.3
2017 J5
2017 F2.9
2017 M4.7
2017 A4.3
2017 M3.8
2017 J4.5
2017 J4.5
2017 A4.5
2017 S5.8
2017 O1.5
2017 N5.5
2017 D3.7
2018 J3.6
2018 F2.6
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacy

Turnover growth non-food sector almost 1 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector rose by almost 1 percent in February. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was over 1 percent up year-on-year.

Shops selling furniture and shops selling personal care products achieved the largest turnover increase. Turnover of shops selling clothes and shops selling recreational goods also grew.

For the first time since July 2016, turnover generated by shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring decreased year-on-year. Shops selling footwear and leather products and shops selling consumer electronics and white goods also recorded turnover losses.

Over 2 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 2.4 percent turnover growth in February. The volume of sales increased by almost 1 percent. Supermarkets saw turnover growth, while specialist shops recorded turnover loss. Similarly, volume of sales by supermarkets was up and volume of sales by specialist shops was down.

Turnover retail sector* by sub sector (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
Total food1.62.4
Specialised shops-2.5-2.2
Total non-food2.10.9
Furniture, home furnishings2.44.8
Chemist's shops0.94.6
Recreational goods1.71.7
DIY shops, kitchens, floors4.3-1
Footwear and leather goods -6.1-4.4
Consumer electronics, white goods-1.1-6.3
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise 17.5 percent turnover growth

In February, online shops saw their turnover go up by 17.5 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 16 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 almost 21 percent higher turnover in online sales.

With effect from the reporting month January 2018, retail turnover figures are published using 2015 as the base year (previously 2010=100). This means that the indices are based on the turnover and price weightings from 2015.

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