Retail turnover almost 6 percent up in April

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 5.7 percent turnover growth in April year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by over 5 percent. Turnover grew in the food sector as well as the non-food sector by almost 5 percent. Furthermore, online sales increased by almost 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 April was almost 3 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
   mutatie
2014J1
F1.6
M2
A1.9
M0.1
J0.7
J0
A2.6
S-1.3
O2
N2.9
D1.8
2015J1.4
F2.4
M1.4
A1.6
M1.4
J4
J2.9
A1
S5
O2.4
N1.1
D2.8
2016J1.5
F2.2
M1.5
A0.8
M3.5
J1.4
J2.8
A2.1
S0.4
O5.2
N5
D2.3
2017J5
F2.9
M4.6
A4.3
M3.8
J4.5
J4.5
A4.5
S5.8
O1.5
N5.4
D3.7
2018J3.7
F2.9
M1.5
A5.7
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover non-food sector increased by almost 5 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector increased by 4.7 percent in April. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was also nearly 5 percent up year-on-year.

After a substantial turnover loss in March, shops selling footwear and leather products achieved a turnover increase of over 13 percent in April. Clothes shops recorded a turnover growth of almost 9 percent. Turnover generated by shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring was over 5 percent up. Turnover generated by shops selling furniture and shops selling personal care products also grew.

However, turnover of shops selling recreational goods and shops selling consumer electronics and white goods recorded turnover losses in April year-on-year.

Also nearly 5 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 4.9 percent turnover growth in April. The volume of sales rose by almost 4 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)
 Mar-18Apr-18
Total food1.44.9
Supermarkets2.05.8
Specialised shops-2.9-1.0
Total non-food-0.74.7
Footwear and leather goods -16.013.1
Clothing-5.48.6
DIY shops, kitchens, floors-1.15.3
Furniture, home furnishings7.13.6
Chemist's shops6.60.5
Recreational goods-6.4-1.5
Consumer electronics, white goods2.8-2.9
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 23 percent turnover growth

In April, online shops saw their turnover go up by almost 23 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 17 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 32 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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