Turnover accommodation and food services 1.6 percent up in Q4

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Turnover in the sector accommodation and food services rose by 1.6 percent in Q4 2019 relative to the preceding quarter, as reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The volume of sales rose by 1.4 percent. Turnover in food and beverage services increased by 1.7 percent against 1.2 percent growth in accommodation services. For almost seven consecutive years, turnover in the sector has increased each quarter.

In 2019, turnover was up by 3.8 percent relative to 2018. The volume of sales (turnover adjusted for price developments) rose by 1.5 percent in 2019.

Turnover sector accommodation and food services (seasonally adjusted)
YearQuarterTurnover (2015=100)Volume (turnover adjusted for price developments) (2015=100)
2013Quarter 187.491.3
2013Quarter 289.693.8
2013Quarter 390.894.6
2013Quarter 491.194.5
2014Quarter 193.696.7
2014Quarter 293.896.2
2014Quarter 394.596.6
2014Quarter 495.997.5
2015Quarter 197.198.2
2015Quarter 299.599.9
2015Quarter 3100.3100
2015Quarter 4102.8102
2016Quarter 1103.6101.9
2016Quarter 2104.2102.6
2016Quarter 3108.2105.2
2016Quarter 4108.3104.8
2017Quarter 1110.5105.7
2017Quarter 2112.6106.8
2017Quarter 3113.9106.9
2017Quarter 4115.5108.1
2018Quarter 1117.8109.3
2018Quarter 2120.8111.4
2018Quarter 3121.1110.7
2018Quarter 4123.5112.5
2019Quarter 1123.6112.3
2019Quarter 2124.9112
2019Quarter 3125.6112.2
2019Quarter 4127.6113.7

Over four consecutive years turnover growth for food and beverage services

In Q4, turnover generated by food and beverage services (including restaurants, fast-food restaurants, canteens, catering companies and cafés) rose by 1.7 percent relative to the previous quarter. For over four consecutive years now, turnover is growing. The volume of sales increased by 1.2 percent.

At 2.6 percent, fast-food restaurants (cafeterias, lunchrooms, snack bars, food stands, etc.) recorded the highest turnover growth. They also achieved the highest volume of sales.

Turnover food and beverage services (seasonally adjusted), Q4 2019
SectorTurnover (% change from previous quarter)Volume (turnover adjusted for price developments) (% change from previous quarter)
Food and beverages services1.71.2
Fast-food restaurants2.62.2
Canteens and catering0.50.2

Turnover accommodation services slightly up

Relative to Q3 2019, accommodation services realised a turnover growth of 1.2 percent in the subsequent quarter. The volume of sales increased by 1.8 percent.

Turnover generated by hotels grew by and the volume by 2.4 percent. Turnover generated by other accommodation services, such as holiday homes and campsites, grew by 1.1 percent relative to Q3.

Turnover accomodation sector (seasonally adjusted), Q4 2019
SectorTurnover (% change from previous quarter)Volume (turnover adjusted for price developments) (% change from previous quarter)
Accomodation sector1.21.8

Business confidence down to lowest level in six years

Business confidence in the sector accommodation and food services stood at 0.2 at the start of Q1 2020, the lowest level in six years. Over 70 percent of entrepreneurs in this sector reported they were facing impediments in their business operations. That is the highest percentage since 2013. Over one-quarter indicated that they are dealing with understaffing. The shortage of suitable personnel is also evident from the 20.5 thousand outstanding vacancies in the sector accommodation and food services at the end of Q4. Other frequently mentioned obstacles are insufficient demand (14 percent) and weather conditions (14 percent).

Business confidence (seasonally adjusted) and staff shortages sector accommodation and food services
YearQuarter% entrepreneurs reporting staff shortagesBusiness confidence
2014Quarter 11.1-4.1
2014Quarter 22.49.5
2014Quarter 32.32.8
2014Quarter 42.94.8
2015Quarter 12.76.8
2015Quarter 22.37.1
2015Quarter 33.810.8
2015Quarter 4613.2
2016Quarter 14.910.3
2016Quarter 25.213.4
2016Quarter 34.69.7
2016Quarter 49.813.3
2017Quarter 19.714.9
2017Quarter 211.319.8
2017Quarter 316.421.5
2017Quarter 418.413
2018Quarter 117.418.4
2018Quarter 219.812
2018Quarter 325.912.3
2018Quarter 430.311.2
2019Quarter 127.711.9
2019Quarter 229.48.6
2019Quarter 329.17.4
2019Quarter 434.81.9
2020Quarter 126.30.2