Retail turnover over 3 percent up in July

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.4 percent year-on-year turnover growth in July 2019. The volume of sales increased by 2.3 percent. Turnover grew in both the food and the non-food sector. Furthermore, online retail turnover rose by 15.4 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 July 2019 was 5.2 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 monthchange (year-on-year % change)
2014January1
2014February1.6
2014March2
2014April1.9
2014May0.1
2014June0.7
2014July0
2014August2.6
2014September-1.3
2014October2
2014November2.9
2014December1.8
2015January1.4
2015February2.4
2015March1.4
2015April1.6
2015May1.4
2015June4
2015July2.9
2015August1
2015September5
2015October2.4
2015November1.1
2015December2.8
2016January1.5
2016February2.2
2016March1.5
2016April0.8
2016May3.5
2016June1.4
2016July2.8
2016August2.1
2016September0.4
2016October5.2
2016November5
2016December2.3
2017January5
2017February2.9
2017March4.6
2017April4.3
2017May3.8
2017June4.5
2017July4.5
2017August4.5
2017September5.8
2017October1.5
2017November5.4
2017December3.7
2018January3.6
2018February3
2018March1.7
2018April5.7
2018May3.7
2018June3.2
2018July3.8
2018August3.5
2018September1.9
2018October3.4
2018November4.2
2018December2.6
2019January1.8
2019February4.3
2019March4.1
2019April2.2
2019May3
2019June2.8
2019July3.4
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover growth non-food sector almost 3 percent up

In July, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 2.9 percent year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) increased by 2.3 percent.

The highest turnover growth was achieved by shops selling furniture, household articles, DIY products, kitchens and flooring. Turnover of shops selling recreational goods and shops footwear and leather products was higher year-on-year as well. However, turnover was down for shops selling clothing, personal care products, consumer electronics and white goods.

Turnover food sector over 1 percent up

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.4 percent more turnover than in July 2018. The volume of sales decreased by 0.5 percent. Turnover of supermarkets grew by 1.7 percent, while specialist shops saw their turnover decline by 0.8 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 July 2019 (year-on-year % change)June 2019 (year-on-year % change)
Total food1.41
Supermarkets1.71.4
Specialist shops-0.8-1.8
Total non-food2.92.4
Furniture and household articles11.48.2
DIY products, kitchens, flooring7.16.3
Recreational goods1.6-2.1
Shoes and leather products0.10.5
Personal care products-0.20.2
Clothes-1.42
Consumer electronics-3.40.2
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise over 15 percent turnover growth

In July, online shops saw their turnover go up by 15.4 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 14.8 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 16.3 percent higher turnover in online sales. 

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

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