Retail turnover almost 10 percent up in November

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports for November 2020 that the Dutch retail sector recorded 9.6 percent year-on-year turnover growth. The volume of sales rose by 8.4 percent. Turnover was up in both the food and non-food sector. Furthermore, online sales increased by 55.5 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 November 2020 was 5.4 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
2019January1.5
2019February4.1
2019March4.1
2019April1.9
2019May2.6
2019June3.1
2019July3
2019August2.9
2019September4.4
2019October3.6
2019November2.4
2019December5.2
2020January3.6
2020February5
2020March3.3
2020April-1
2020May8.7
2020June10.4
2020July9.5
2020August10.4
2020September7.5
2020October7.3
2020November9.6
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover in non-food sector almost 6 percent higher

In November, turnover in the non-food sector increased by 5.9 percent year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) rose by 5.1 percent.

Shops selling consumer electronics and white goods achieved the highest turnover growth since publication of data adjusted for the shopping-day pattern started in 2005. Shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring also achieved strong growth. Turnover was up as wellfor shops selling furniture and home furnishings, shops selling recreational goods and shops selling personal care products.

In November, shops selling clothes, footwear and leather products experienced strong turnover losses for the second consecutive month, after a small upturn in Q2.

6 percent higher turnover for food shops as well 

In November 2020, shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 5.9 percent more turnover than in the same month last year. The volume of sales increased by 4.6 percent. Supermarkets saw year-on-year turnover growth of 5.3 percent. At 9.7 percent, the turnover increase of specialist shops was well over 5 percent for the seventh month in a row. This was de second largest growth since the publication of data adjusted for the shopping-day pattern started in 2005.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 November 2020 (year-on-year % change)October 2020 (year-on-year % change)
Total food5.96.3
Specialist shops9.78.1
Supermarkets5.36.1
Total non-food5.91.5
Consumer electronics25.89.4
DIY products, kitchens, flooring25.624.1
Furniture and household articles14.613.2
Recreational goods5.96.7
Personal care products1.93.6
Clothes-15.2-18.8
Shoes and leather products-16.2-17.2
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online turnover over 55.5 percent higher

In November 2020, online shops saw their turnover go up by 55.5 percent relative to November 2019. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 43.9 percent; their core activity is selling goods and services over the Internet. Multichannelers (retailers selling goods and services over the Internet as a side activity) achieved 72.2 percent higher turnover in online sales. Since the publication of internet sales in January 2014, growth has only been higher than this in April 2020.