Retail turnover over 3 percent up in 2019

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.4 percent turnover growth in 2019. The volume of sales increased by 2.5 percent. Turnover grew in the food as well as in the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by almost 17 percent. In the month of December, turnover grew by 5.1 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 December 2019 was 3.9 percent higher than in the same month one year previously.

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
October4
November2.8
December5.1
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Second highest turnover growth since 2007

Just as in 2018, the Dutch retail sector realised 3.4 percent turnover growth in 2019. This is the second highest turnover growth since 2007. In 2017, turnover grew by 4.2 percent.

Retail turnover reached a low in 2013. This was followed by an upward trend. In 2019, turnover in the retail sector was 8.7 percent higher than before the crisis. However, turnover generated by the non-food sector was still 10 percent lower than in 2008. In the food sector, on the other hand, turnover was 20 percent higher than its pre-crisis level.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (2015=100)
YearTurnover
2008105
2009100.4
201099.9
201199.9
201298.6
201396.5
201497.7
2015100
2016102.4
2017106.7
2018110.3
2019114.1
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies
 

Turnover growth non-food sector almost 3 percent up in 2019

Turnover in the non-food sector rose by 2.9 percent in 2019. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was 2.1 percent up year-on-year.

Shops selling furniture and household articles and shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring achieved the largest turnover increase. Turnover of shops selling personal care products and shops selling consumer electronics and white goods also grew, while turnover of clothes shops remained more or less the same. However, turnover of shops selling recreational goods and shops selling footwear and leather products declined.

Over 1 percent turnover growth for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.3 percent more turnover than in 2018. The volume of sales was virtually the same. Supermarkets saw their turnover grow by 1.6 percent, while turnover of specialist shops declined by 0.9 percent. Furthermore, the volume of sales generated by supermarkets was up year-on-year, but sales were down for specialist shops.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
 20192018
Total food1.33.3
Supermarkets1.63.8
Specialised shops-0.9-0.5
Total non-food2.91.7
Furniture, home furnishings7.22.1
DIY shops, kitchens, floors6.73.2
Chemist's shops1.42.3
Consumer electronics, white goods1.1-0.4
Clothing00.5
Footwear and leather goods -0.8-3.5
Recreational goods-0.9-0.5
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 17 percent turnover growth

In 2019, online shops saw their turnover go up by 16.6 percent relative to 2018. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 14 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 over 21 percent higher turnover in online sales. 

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

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