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)
 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
October3.2
November4.1
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)
YearTurnover
2008105
2009100.4
201099.9
201199.9
201298.6
201396.5
201497.7
2015100
2016102.4
2017106.7
2018110.2
*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)
 20172018
Total food3.23.2
Supermarkets3.63.8
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
Clothing1.21
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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