Retail turnover almost 4 percent up in July

© Nikki van Toorn (CBS)
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.8 percent turnover growth in July year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 3.3 percent. Turnover grew in the food sector as well as the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by almost 22 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 July was over 2 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 monthchange
2014january1
february1.6
march2
april1.9
may0.1
june0.7
july0
august2.6
september-1.3
october2
november2.9
december1.8
2015january1.4
february2.4
march1.4
april1.6
may1.4
june4
july2.9
august1
september5
october2.4
november1.1
december2.8
2016january1.5
february2.2
march1.5
april0.8
may3.5
june1.4
july2.8
august2.1
september0.4
october5.2
november5
december2.3
2017january5
february2.9
march4.6
april4.3
may3.8
june4.5
july4.5
august4.5
september5.8
october1.5
november5.4
december3.7
2018january3.7
february2.9
march1.5
april5.8
may3.6
june3
july3.8
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover non-food sector increased by over 1 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector increased by 1.1 percent in July. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was 0.4 percent up year-on-year.

Shops selling personal care products recorded the highest growth in July. Turnover generated by shops selling clothes and shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring also grew.

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

Over 5 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 5.1 percent turnover growth in July. The volume of sales rose by 4.7 percent. Supermarkets saw 6 percent turnover growth, while specialist shops recorded turnover losses of 0.9 percent

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 June 2018July 2018
Total food3.05.1
Supermarkets3.56.0
Specialised shops-0.2-0.9
Total non-food1.71.1
Chemist's shops4.46.0
Clothing-0.22.9
DIY shops, kitchens, floors0.90.7
Recreational goods-0.5-0.2
Footwear and leather goods-2.0-1.5
Consumer electronics and white goods-2.4-3.0
Furniture, home furnishings1.4-3.6
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 22 percent turnover growth

In July, online shops saw their turnover go up by almost 22 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of over 13 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 37.5 percent higher turnover in online sales.

The figures presented in this news release are provisional and can be adjusted.

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