Retail turnover 3 percent up in August

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports for August 2021 that the Dutch retail sector recorded 3.0 percent year-on-year turnover growth. The volume of sales went up by 1.9 percent. Turnover in the non-food sector was up by 6.3 percent, but turnover in the food sector was down by 3.8 percent. Furthermore, online retail turnover increased by 10.2 percent. Relative to August 2019, the retail sector realised 13.4 percent more turnover in August 2021.

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 August 2021 was 1.9 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
2020January3.5
2020February4.9
2020March3.4
2020April-1
2020May8.6
2020June10.2
2020July9.2
2020August10.2
2020September7.3
2020October7.2
2020November10.1
2020December-3.4
2021January-6.1
2021February-2.7
2021March6.7
2021April9.6
2021May9.4
2021June5.4
2021July2.8
2021August3
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover in non-food sector over 6 percent higher

In August, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 6.3 percent year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) grew by 4.2 percent compared to the same month last year. Relative to August 2019, turnover of non-food shops was up by almost 15 percent in August 2021.

In August, clothes shops and shops selling footwear and leather products achieved year-on-year turnover growth for the sixth consecutive month. Turnover of these shops was also higher compared to August 2019. Shops selling furniture and home furnishings, shops selling personal care products and those selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring also recorded year-on-year turnover growth in August 2021; they achieved growth relative to August 2019 as well. Shops selling consumer electronics and white goods and shops selling recreational goods achieved less turnover than twelve months previously, but more turnover than in August 2019.

Less turnover for food shops

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 3.8 percent less turnover in August 2021 compared to the same month last year. The volume of sales was 4.1 percent lower. Turnover at specialist shops was up by 1.5 percent and turnover at supermarkets down by 4.5 percent year-on-year. Relative to August 2019, the food retail sector realised 3.7 percent higher turnover.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 August 2021 (year-on-year % change)July 2021 (year-on-year % change)
Total food-3.8-1.8
Specialist shops1.5-2.8
Supermarkets-4.5-1.6
Total non-food6.32.8
Clothes226.4
Shoes and leather products14.17.7
DIY products, kitchens, flooring6.41.6
Personal care products5.13.3
Furniture and household articles4.3-0.6
Recreational goods-0.8-2.4
Consumer electronics-2.4-2.3
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online turnover over 10 percent higher

In August, online turnover was up by 10.2 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 9.4 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 11.3 percent higher turnover in online sales.

Online turnover of clothing and fashion items, food and personal care products, and other non-food products were higher in August 2021 than in the same month last year. However, online sales of consumer electronics were lower than in August 2020.

Online retail turnover by subsector
 August 2021 (year-on-year % change)July 2021 (year-on-year % change)
Total 10.29.6
Clothing and fashion products20.411.1
Food and personal care products17.920.1
Other non-food products1312
Consumer electronics-16.6-15

The figures in this news release are provisional and subject to revision.