Retail turnover almost up 2 percent up in January

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 1.6 percent turnover growth in January 2019. The volume of sales increased by 0.8 percent. Turnover in the food sector grew by 1.5 percent, while turnover in the non-food sector shrank. Furthermore, online sales increased by 15.8 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 January 2019 was 2.7 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
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 November4.2
2018 December2.4
'19 January1.6
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover growth non-food sector almost the same

Turnover in the non-food sector was down by 0.1 percent in January year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) decreased by 1.3 percent.

Shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring, and shops selling furniture and household articles achieved turnover growth in January. Turnover of shops selling leather products remained virtually the same. Turnover of shops selling recreational goods, shops selling consumer electronics, shops selling personal care products and clothes shops declined.

1.5 percent turnover growth for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.5 percent more turnover than in January 2018. The volume of sales increased by 0.9 percent. Supermarkets saw 1.9 percent turnover growth, while specialist shops saw their turnover decline by 1.8 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
  December 2018January 2019
Total food3.41.5
Specialised shops1.5-1.8
Total non-food1.1-0.1
DIY shops, kitchens, floors2.46.2
Furniture, home furnishings3.12.2
Footwear and leather goods -2.8-0.1
Recreational goods-1.7-0.7
Consumer electronics, white goods-1.6-1.9
Chemist's shops-1.2-2.1
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 16 percent turnover growth

In January, online shops saw their turnover go up by 15.8 percent. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 11.8 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 21.6 percent higher turnover in online sales. 

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

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