Retail turnover almost 4 percent up in October

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.9 percent year-on-year turnover growth in October 2019. The volume of sales increased by 2.5 percent. Turnover grew in both the food and the non-food sector. Furthermore, online retail turnover rose by 11.7 percent.

Retail turnover data were adjusted for changes in the shopping-day pattern in October. Retail sales tend to vary from one day to the next. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in October 2019 was 5.0 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
April2.2
May3
June2.8
July3.3
August3.1
September4.6
October3.9
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover growth non-food sector over 4 percent up

In October, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 4.1 percent year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) increased by 3.1 percent.

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

Turnover food sector almost 2 percent up

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.9 percent more turnover than in October 2018. The volume of sales remained more or less the same. Turnover of supermarkets grew by 2.3 percent, while specialist shops saw their turnover decline by 0.3 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 September 2019October 2019
Total food1.11.9
Supermarkets1.52.3
Specialist shops-2.1-0.3
Total non-food4.54.1
Furniture and household articles7.18
DIY products, kitchens, flooring7.35.8
Consumer electronics1.24.7
Personal care products2.82.5
Clothes4.60.6
Shoes and leather products4.20.4
Recreational goods0.8-3
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 12 percent turnover growth

In October, online shops saw their turnover go up by 11.7 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 7.4 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 18.2 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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

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