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)
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 N5.4
2017 D3.7
2018 J3.7
2018 F2.9
2018 M1.5
2018 A5.7
2018 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)
Total food4.94.5
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
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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