Retail turnover over 3 percent up in May

© CBS / Alrik Swagerman
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.4 percent turnover growth in May year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 3.2 percent. Turnover grew in the food sector as well as the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by 13.5 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. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in May was over 4 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
   change
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
M3.4
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover non-food sector increased by almost 1 percent

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

Shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring recorded the highest growth in May. Turnover generated by shops selling furniture, shops selling recreational goods and shops selling personal care products also grew.

However, turnover of shops selling consumer electronics and white goods, clothes shops and shops selling footwear and leather products recorded turnover losses in May year-on-year.

4.5 percent higher turnover for food sector

 Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 4.5 percent turnover growth in May. The volume of sales rose by 3.5 percent. Supermarkets saw turnover growth, while turnover of specialist shops remained more or less the same. Volume of sales by supermarkets was up and volume of sales by specialist shops was down.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 apr-18may-18
Total food4.94.5
Supermarkets5.85.1
Specialised shops-0.90.3
Total non-food4.60.9
DIY shops, kitchens, floors5.44.7
Furniture, home furnishings3.91.9
Recreational goods-1.61.1
Chemist's shops0.51
Consumer electronics, white goods-3-1.3
Clothing8.4-2.1
Footwear and leather goods 13.2-8.3
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 13.5 percent turnover growth

In May, online shops saw their turnover go up by 13.5 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 10 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 19 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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