Retail turnover over 3 percent up in August

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.4 percent turnover growth in August 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 almost 20 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 August was 4.5 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 change
2014 January1
2014 February1.6
2014 March2
2014 April1.9
2014 May0.1
2014 June0.7
2014 July0
2014 August2.6
2014 September-1.3
2014 October2
2014 November2.9
2014 December1.8
2015 January1.4
2015 February2.4
2015 March1.4
2015 April1.6
2015 May1.4
2015 June4
2015 July2.9
2015 August1
2015 September5
2015 October2.4
2015 November1.1
2015 December2.8
2016 January1.5
2016 February2.2
2016 March1.5
2016 April0.8
2016 May3.5
2016 June1.4
2016 July2.8
2016 August2.1
2016 September0.4
2016 October5.2
2016 November5
2016 December2.3
2017 January5
2017 February2.9
2017 March4.6
2017 April4.3
2017 May3.8
2017 June4.5
2017 July4.5
2017 August4.5
2017 September5.8
2017 October1.5
2017 November5.4
2017 December3.7
2018 January3.7
2018 February2.9
2018 March1.5
2018 April5.8
2018 May3.6
2018 June3
2018 July3.8
2018 August3.4
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover non-food sector increased by over 2 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector increased by 2.1 percent in August. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was 2.4 percent up year-on-year.

Clothes shops recorded the highest growth in August. Turnover generated by shops selling consumer electronics and white goods, shops selling personal care products, shops selling footwear and leather products, shops selling recreational goods and shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring also grew. Turnover generated by shops selling furniture was about the same as in August 2017.

Over 3 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 3.1 percent turnover growth in August. The volume of sales rose by 2.1 percent. Supermarkets saw 4 percent turnover growth, while specialist shops recorded turnover losses of over 3 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 July 2018August 2018
Total food5.13.1
Supermarkets64
Specialised shops-0.9-3.2
Total non-food12.1
Clothing2.93.3
Consumer electronics, white goods-3.12.8
Chemist's shops5.42.5
Footwear and leather goods -1.12.2
Recreational goods-0.51.5
DIY shops, kitchens, floors0.70.2
Furniture, home furnishings-3.6-0.1
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 20 percent turnover growth

In August, online shops saw their turnover go up by almost 20 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 14 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 almost 32 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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

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