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)
 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
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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