Retail turnover over 2 percent up in April

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 2.3 percent turnover growth in April 2019. The volume of sales increased also by 2.3 percent. Turnover in both the food sector and the non-food sector grew. Furthermore, online sales increased by 15.9 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 April 2019 was 4.7 percent higher than in the same month last year.

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
2018January3.6
February3
March1.7
April5.7
May3.7
June3.2
July3.8
August3.5
September1.9
October3.4
November4.2
December2.6
2019January1.8
February4.3
March4.1
April2.3
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover growth non-food sector almost 2 percent up

Turnover in the non-food sector was up by 1.6 percent in April year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) increased by 2.0 percent.

Shops selling furniture and household articles, shops selling consumer electronics and shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring achieved the highest turnover growth in April. Turnover of shops selling personal care products also increased.

However turnover generated by shops selling recreational goods, clothes shops and shops selling shoes and leather products was down in April year-on-year.

Turnover food sector more or less the same

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 0.2 percent more turnover than in April 2018. Supermarkets saw a turnover growth of almost 1 percent, while specialist shops saw their turnover decline by over 3 percent. The volume of sales by supermarkets and specialist shops declined year-on-year.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 April 2019March 2019
Total food0.23.6
Supermarkets0.74.2
Specialist shops-3.3-0.5
Total non-food1.62.6
Furniture and household articles75
Consumer electronics4.60.5
DIY products, kitchens, flooring3.48
Personal care products1.10.7
Recreational goods-0.44.2
Clothes-2.2-0.4
Shoes and leather products-4.83.9
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 16 percent turnover growth

In April, online shops saw their turnover go up by 15.9 percent. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 12.8 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 20.3 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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

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