Turnover accommodation and food services 0.2 percent up

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Turnover in the sector accommodation and food services rose by 0.2 percent in Q3 2019 relative to the preceding quarter, as reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). However, the volume of sales decreased by 0.3 percent. Turnover in accommodation services increased by 0.1 percent, and in food and beverage services by 0.2 percent.

Turnover sector accommodation and food services (seasonally adjusted) (2015=100)
YearQuarterTurnoverVolume (turnover adjusted for price developments)
2013Quarter 187.491.3
Quarter 289.693.8
Quarter 390.894.6
Quarter 491.194.5
2014Quarter 193.696.7
Quarter 293.896.2
Quarter 394.596.6
Quarter 495.997.5
2015Quarter 197.198.2
Quarter 299.599.9
Quarter 3100.3100
Quarter 4102.8102
2016Quarter 1103.6101.9
Quarter 2104.2102.6
Quarter 3108.2105.2
Quarter 4108.3104.8
2017Quarter 1110.5105.7
Quarter 2112.6106.8
Quarter 3113.9106.9
Quarter 4115.5108.1
2018Quarter 1117.8109.3
Quarter 2120.8111.4
Quarter 3121.1110.7
Quarter 4123.5112.5
2019Quarter 1123.6112.3
Quarter 2124.9112
Quarter 3125.2111.6

Turnover accommodation services more or less the same

Relative to Q2 2019, turnover in accommodation services (including hotels and holiday parks) rose by 0.1 percent in the subsequent quarter. The volume of sales (turnover adjusted for price changes) increased by 0.3 percent.

Turnover generated by hotels rose by 0.4 percent and the volume of sales by 0.2 percent in Q3. Turnover generated by other accommodation services such as holiday homes and campsites, however, decreased by 0.9 percent.

Turnover accomodation sector (seasonally adjusted), Q3 2019 (% change from previous quarter)
CategoryTurnoverVolume (turnover adjusted for price developments)
Accomodation sector0.10.3
Hotels0.40.2
Other-0.90.6

Four consecutive years with turnover growth for food and beverage services

In Q3 2019, turnover generated by food and beverage services (including restaurants, fast-food restaurants, canteens, catering companies and cafés) rose by 0.2 percent relative to the previous quarter. Turnover has been growing for four years in a row. On the other hand, the volume of sales decreased by 0.5 percent.

Canteens and catering companies recorded the highest turnover growth rate (1.0 percent). In all services, the volume of sales decreased. The strongest decline was recorded by restaurants and cafés.

Turnover food and beverage services (seasonally adjusted), Q3 2019 (% change from previous quarter)
CategoryTurnoverVolume (turnover adjusted for price development)
Food and beverages services0.2-0.5
Canteens and catering1-0.3
Fastfood restaurants0.2-0.4
Restaurants0.1-0.6
Cafés0-0.6

Entrepreneurs less positive in Q4, but positive expectations for 2020

At the start of Q4 2019, business confidence (based on self-reporting) in the sector accommodation and food services stood at 1.9, the lowest level in almost six years. Furthermore, staffing deficits increased: a record level of 35 percent of entrepreneurs in this sector reported they were facing impediments in their business operations as a result of understaffing. The shortage of suitable personnel is also evident from the number of over 23 thousand outstanding vacancies in the sector accommodation and food services at the end of Q3 2019.

Once a year, in Q4, entrepreneurs are asked about their expectations for the coming year. Entrepreneurs in the accommodation and food services sector are slightly more positive about 2020 than they were one year ago about 2019. On balance, 19 percent expect a turnover increase and 11 percent a workforce increase in 2020.

The differences between the sectors accommodation services and food and beverage services are large. In accommodation services, on balance 31 percent expect a higher turnover in 2020 compared to 2019, while 7 percent expect a decline in workforce. Entrepreneurs in food and beverage services are slightly less positive about turnover developments: on balance, 16 percent expect a higher turnover compared to 2019. However, they are positive about workforce developments: on balance, 17 percent expect an increase in this respect.

Entrepreneurs' expactations for the coming year (% balance of enterprises anticipating growth or decline)
YearTurnoverWorkforce
2013-5.3-12.6
20144.5-8.8
201528.21.4
201621.53.3
2017187.2
201834.319
201916.88.4
202019.411