Retail turnover over 3 percent up in October

© CBS / Nikki van Toorn
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.3 percent turnover growth in October year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 2.6 percent. Turnover grew by almost 3 percent in the food sector and by 2 percent in the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by over 14 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 October was 5.2 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % 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 July3.9
2018 August3.4
2018 September1.7
2018 October3.3
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover non-food sector increased by 2 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector increased by 2 percent in October. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was 1.3 percent up year-on-year.

Shops selling recreational goods, shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring, clothes shops and shops selling consumer electronics and white goods recorded turnover growth in October.

Turnover generated by shops selling personal care products and shops selling furniture was about the same as in October 2017. However, turnover of shops selling footwear and leather products recorded turnover losses in October year-on-year.

Almost 3 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 2.7 percent turnover growth in October. The volume of sales rose by 1.7 percent. Supermarkets saw 2.9 percent turnover growth and specialist shops 1.3 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 September 2018October 2018
Total food3.72.7
Specialised shops1.11.3
Total non-food-0.82
Recreational goods-3.14
DIY shops, kitchens, floors2.93.5
Consumer electronics, white goods-4.90.7
Chemist's shops00
Furniture, home furnishings1-0.1
Footwear and leather goods -10.4-0.8
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise over 14 percent turnover growth

In October, online shops saw their turnover go up by over 14 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 7 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 28 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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

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