Turnover accommodation and food services 0.4 percent up

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Turnover in the sector accommodation and food services (previously known as the sector hotels and restaurants) rose by 0.4 percent in Q3 2018 relative to the preceding quarter. As reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), this is due to price increases. The volume of sales (food, refreshments and/or overnight stays) fell by 0.7 percent. Turnover in food and beverage services increased by 0.5 percent against 0.3 percent growth in accommodation services. For more than five consecutive years, turnover in the sector has increased each quarter.

Turnover sector accommodation and food services (seasonally adjusted)
Group x-axis ENX-axis ENTurnover (2015=100)Volume (turnover adjusted for price developments) (2015=100)
2013Quarter 187.491.3
2013Quarter 289.693.8
2013Quarter 390.894.6
2013Quarter 491.194.5
2014Quarter 193.696.7
2014Quarter 293.896.2
2014Quarter 394.596.6
2014Quarter 495.997.5
2015Quarter 197.198.2
2015Quarter 299.599.9
2015Quarter 3100.3100
2015Quarter 4102.8102
2016Quarter 1103.6101.9
2016Quarter 2104.2102.6
2016Quarter 3108.2105.2
2016Quarter 4108.3104.8
2017Quarter 1110.5105.7
2017Quarter 2112.6106.8
2017Quarter 3113.9106.9
2017Quarter 4115.5108.1
2018Quarter 1117.6109.3
2018Quarter 2120.8111.3
2018Quarter 3121.3110.5

Restaurants and cafés achieved 0.5 percent turnover growth

In Q3, turnover generated by food and beverage services (including restaurants, fast-food restaurants, canteens, catering companies and cafés) rose by 0.5 percent relative to the previous quarter. Prices increased, while the volume of sales decreased by 0.4 percent.

Canteens and catering recorded the highest turnover growth (0.9 percent). Fast-food restaurants, cafés and restaurants also achieved turnover growth relative to the preceding quarter. However, the volume of sales by restaurants fell by 0.9 percent, the first decline in volume over the past 2.5 years. Cafés also experienced a volume decrease.

Turnover food and beverage services (seasonally adjusted), Q3 2018
X-as labelTurnover (% change from previous quarter)Volume (turnover adjusted for price developments) (% change from previous quarter)
Food and beverage services0.5-0.4
Canteens and catering0.90.3

Turnover accommodation services also slightly up

Relative to Q2 2018, accommodation services realised a turnover growth of 0.3 percent in the subsequent quarter. Growth in this sector is also due to price increases. The volume of sales decreased by 1.4 percent. Turnover generated by hotels grew by 0.2 percent, but the volume decreased by 0.9 percent. Turnover generated by other accommodations services, such as holiday homes and campsites, grew by 0.8 percent.

Entrepreneurs positive

Business confidence in the sector accommodation and food services was positive at the start of Q4, albeit slightly less than one quarter previously. More and more businesses in this sector are facing impediments due to staffing deficits. At the start of Q4, 30 percent of entrepreneurs in this sector reported they were facing impediments in their business operations as a result of understaffing. This percentage has increased rapidly since 2016 Q4.

The shortage of suitable personnel is also evident from the over 21 thousand outstanding vacancies in the sector accommodation and food services at the end of Q3. The number of bankruptcies in this sector in Q3 was higher than in Q3 2017.

At the start of Q4, entrepreneurs were asked about their expectations for next year. On balance, entrepreneurs in the sector accommodation and food services are positive about turnover, staff and investments in 2019, but less positive than they were about 2018.

Business confidence and staff shortages sector accomodation and food services
 PeriodenPercentage entrepreneurs reporting staff shortages Business confidence accommodation and food services
2014Quarter 11.1-4.1
2014Quarter 22.49.5
2014Quarter 32.32.8
2014Quarter 42.94.8
2015Quarter 12.76.8
2015Quarter 22.37.1
2015Quarter 33.810.8
2015Quarter 4613.2
2016Quarter 14.910.3
2016Quarter 25.213.4
2016Quarter 34.69.7
2016Quarter 49.813.3
2017Quarter 19.714.9
2017Quarter 211.319.8
2017Quarter 316.421.5
2017Quarter 418.413
2018Quarter 117.418.4
2018Quarter 219.812
2018Quarter 325.912.3
2018Quarter 430.311.2