Retail turnover over 3 percent up in 2018

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.3 percent turnover growth in 2018. The volume of sales increased by 2.8 percent. Turnover grew in the food as well as in the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by almost 18 percent. In the month of December, turnover grew by 2.3 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 December 2018 was 0.9 percent higher than in the same month one year previously.

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 October3.2
2018 November4.1
2018 December2.3
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Second highest turnover growth after 2006

The Dutch retail sector realised 3.3 percent turnover growth in 2018. This is the second highest turnover growth since 2007, when turnover grew by 4.2 percent.

After the record high in 2008, retail turnover reached a low in 2013. This was followed by an upward trend. In 2018, turnover generated by the non-food sector was still 13 percent lower than before the crisis. In the food sector, on the other hand, turnover was more than 18 percent higher than its pre-crisis level.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (2015=100)
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover growth non-food sector almost over 2 percent in 2018

Turnover in the non-food sector rose by 1.7 percent in 2018. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was 1.5 percent up year-on-year.

Shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring, shops selling furniture and household articles as well as shops selling personal care products achieved the largest turnover increase. Turnover of clothes shops also grew. However, turnover of shops selling recreational goods, shops selling consumer electronics and shops selling leather products declined.

Over 3 percent turnover growth for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 3.2 percent more turnover than in 2017. The volume of sales increased by 2.2 percent. Supermarkets saw a turnover growth of almost 4 percent, while turnover of specialist shops declined slightly. Furthermore, the volume of sales generated by supermarkets was up year-on-year, but sales were down for specialist shops.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
Total food3.23.2
Specialised shops0.7-0.4
Total non-food3.11.7
DIY shops, kitchens, floors7.42.3
Furniture, home furnishings8.42.1
Chemist's shops12.1
Recreational goods-0.4-0.2
Consumer electronics, white goods-2.2-0.8
Footwear and leather goods 2.1-2.2
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 18 percent turnover growth

In 2018, online shops saw their turnover go up by 17.8 percent relative to 2017. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of more than 13 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 26 percent higher turnover in online sales. 

Figures published in this news release are provisional and subject to revision.

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