Retail turnover almost 3 percent up in November

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 2.6 percent year-on-year turnover growth in November 2019. The volume of sales increased by 1.4 percent. Turnover grew in both the food and the non-food sector. Furthermore, online retail turnover rose by 6.5 percent.

Retail turnover data were adjusted for changes in the shopping-day pattern in November. Retail sales tend to vary from one day to the next. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in November 2019 was 3.3 percent higher than in the same month one year previously.

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
2019October4
2019November2.6
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover growth non-food sector 1.5 percent up

In November, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 1.5 percent year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) increased by 0.7 percent.

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

Turnover food sector also 1.5 percent up

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.5 percent more turnover than in November 2018. The volume of sales remained more or less the same. Turnover of supermarkets grew by 1.6 percent, while specialist shops saw their turnover increase by 0.4 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 November 2019 (year-on-year % change)October 2019 (year-on-year % change)
Total food1.52
Supermarkets1.62.3
Specialist shops0.4-0.1
Total non-food1.54
DIY products, kitchens, flooring5.45.4
Furniture and household articles4.48.1
Personal care products2.92.5
Clothes-1.70.5
Shoes and leather products-3.70.4
Consumer electronics-4.84.6
Recreational goods-5.8-3.3
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise 6.5 percent turnover growth

In November, online shops saw their turnover go up by 6.5 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 7.0 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 5.9 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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

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