Retail turnover 1.5 percent up in March

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 1.5 percent turnover growth in March year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by almost 2 percent. Turnover grew in the food sector by over 1 percent, but fell in the non-food sector with almost 1 percent. 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 March was almost 4 percent higher than in the same month one year previously.

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 M4.6
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 J3.7
2018 F2.8
2018 M1.5
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover non-food sector decreased by almost 1 percent

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

Shops selling furniture and shops selling personal care products achieved the largest turnover increase. Turnover of shops selling consumer electronics and white goods also grew.

Turnover generated by shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring decreased for the second consecutive month. Shops selling clothes, recreational goods and shops selling footwear and leather products also recorded turnover losses year-on-year.

Over 1 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.2 percent turnover growth in March. The volume of sales hardly rose. 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* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
Total food2.61.2
Specialised shops-1.8-2.7
Total non-food1.1-0.6
Chemist's shops4.711.2
Furniture, home furnishings4.56.7
Consumer electronics, white goods-6.13.3
DIY shops, kitchens, floors-0.6-1.3
Recreational goods2-6
Footwear and leather goods -4.6-16
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise over 23 percent turnover growth

In March, online shops saw their turnover go up by over 23 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 20 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 29 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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