Retail turnover almost 4 percent up in January

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector achieved 3.7 percent year-on-year turnover growth in January 2020. The volume of sales increased by 2.2 percent. Turnover grew in the food as well as in the non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by 9.9 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 January 2020 was 4.8 percent higher than in the same month last year.

Turnover retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 monthchange (year-on-year % change)
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
2019October3.9
2019November2.7
2019December5
'20January3.7
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover growth non-food sector almost 3 percent in 2019

In January, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 2.7 percent year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) increased by 1.8 percent.

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

Over 2 percent turnover growth for food sector

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 2.2 percent more turnover in January 2020 than in the same month last year. The volume of sales remained virtually the same. Supermarkets saw a turnover growth of 2.4 percent, while turnover of specialist shops increased by 1.2 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 January 2020 (year-on-year % change)December 2019 (year-on-year % change)
Total food2.40.8
Supermarkets2.50.8
Specialist shops1.80.5
Total non-food2.45.3
DIY products, kitchens, flooring4.78
Furniture and household articles3.96.5
Recreational goods3.5-4
Personal care products0.86.2
Clothes0.75.4
Consumer electronics-1.36.9
Shoes and leather products-2.60.7
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online shops realise almost 10 percent turnover growth

In January 2020, online shops saw their turnover go up by 9.9 percent relative to January 2019. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 10.3 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 9.4 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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

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