Retail turnover almost 5 percent up in September

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 4.6 percent year-on-year turnover growth in September 2019. The volume of sales increased by 3.1 percent. Turnover grew in both the food and the non-food sector. Furthermore, online retail turnover rose by 21.8 percent.

Retail turnover data were adjusted for changes in the shopping-day pattern in September. Retail sales tend to vary from one day to the next. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in September 2019 was 2.8 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
2019July3.3
2019August3.1
2019September4.6
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover growth non-food sector over 4 percent up

In September, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 4.4 percent year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) increased by 2.9 percent.

The highest turnover growth was achieved by shops selling furniture and household articles and by shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring. Turnover growth for clothes shops, shops selling footwear and leather products and shops selling personal care products was slightly smaller. Turnover was also up for shops selling consumer electronics and white goods and shops selling recreational goods.

Turnover food sector over 1 percent up

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.1 percent more turnover than in September 2018. The volume of sales decreased by 0.4 percent. Turnover of supermarkets grew by 1.5 percent, while specialist shops saw their turnover decline by 2.0 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
CategorySeptember 2019 (year-on-year % change)August 2019 (year-on-year % change)
Total food1.12.1
Supermarkets1.52.4
Specialist shops-2-0.4
Total non-food4.41.9
Furniture and household articles7.78.4
DIY products, kitchens, flooring7.210
Clothes4.5-4.8
Shoes and leather products4.2-5.9
Personal care products2.80.2
Consumer electronics1.2-3.6
Recreational goods0.61.8
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 22 percent turnover growth

In September, online shops saw their turnover go up by 21.8 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 17.1 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 29.1 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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

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