Retail turnover over 4 percent up in February

© CBS / Nikki van Toorn
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 4.3 percent turnover growth in February 2019. The volume of sales increased by 3.5 percent. Turnover in both the food sector and the non-food sector grew. Furthermore, online sales increased by 16.8 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. In February, however, there is no shopping-day effect. February has four calendar weeks.

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
February3
March1.5
April5.8
May3.7
June3.1
July3.9
August3.5
September1.9
October3.4
November4.3
December2.6
'19January1.8
February4.3
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover growth non-food sector almost 6 percent up

Turnover in the non-food sector was up by 5.7 percent in February year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) increased by over 4 percent.

Shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring, and shops selling furniture and household articles achieved the highest turnover growth, just as in January. Turnover of shops selling shoes and leather products, shops selling recreational goods, shops selling consumer electronics, shops selling personal care products and clothes shops also increased.

1 percent turnover growth for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.0 percent more turnover than in February 2018. The volume of sales increased by 0.7 percent. Supermarkets saw 1.3 percent turnover growth, while specialist shops saw their turnover decline by 0.7 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 January 2019February 2019
Total food1.81
Supermarkets2.31.3
Specialised shops-1.6-0.7
Total non-food-0.25.7
DIY shops, kitchens, floors6.99.8
Furniture, home furnishings2.37.2
Footwear and leather goods 1.55.7
Clothing-5.44.2
Consumer electronics, white goods-1.62.5
Recreational goods-1.21.9
Chemist's shops-11.3
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 17 percent turnover growth

In February, online shops saw their turnover go up by 16.8 percent. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 11.3 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 26.5 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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

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