Retail turnover over 4 percent up in November

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 4.1 percent turnover growth in November 2018 year-on-year, while the volume of sales increased by 3.2 percent. Turnover grew by 2.5 percent in the food sector and by almost 4 percent in 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 November 2018 was 4.6 percent higher than one year previously.

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
July3.9
August3.4
September1.7
October3.3
November4.1
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover non-food sector increased by almost 4 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector increased by 3.8 percent in November. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was 3.1 percent up year-on-year.

Shops selling consumer electronics and white goods, shops selling footwear and leather products, clothes shops, shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring and shops selling furniture recorded turnover growth in November. Turnover generated by shops selling personal care products was virtually the same as in November 2017. However, turnover of shops selling recreational goods recorded turnover losses in November year-on-year.

Almost 3 percent higher turnover for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 2.5 percent turnover growth in November. The volume of sales rose by 1.0 percent. Supermarkets saw 2.8 percent turnover growth and specialist shops 1 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 October 2018 November 2018
Total food2.72.5
Supermarkets2.92.8
Specialised shops1.31
Total non-food1.93.8
Consumer electronics, white goods0.76.3
Footwear and leather goods -15.7
Clothing1.35.6
DIY shops, kitchens, floors3.73.1
Furniture, home furnishings-0.12.9
Chemist's shops00.3
Recreational goods3.6-1.9
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 20 percent turnover growth

In November, online shops saw their turnover go up by almost 20 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 12 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 over 33 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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

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