Retail turnover almost 9 percent up in March

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports for March 2022 that the Dutch retail sector recorded 8.8 percent year-on-year turnover growth. The volume of sales went up by 3.7 percent. Turnover in the non-food sector was up by 27 percent, while turnover in the food sector was down by 0.9 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 March 2022 was 9.8 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
2019January1.5
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-2.8
2021March6.6
2021April9.7
2021May9.5
2021June5.6
2021July2.7
2021August3.4
2021September4.1
2021October6.7
2021November5.4
2021December6.3
2022January18
2022February16.4
2022March8.8
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover in non-food sector 27 percent higher

In March, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 27 percent year on year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) grew by 21.2 percent compared to the same month last year. The substantial growth was mainly due to the fact that turnover was low in March 2021, when there was a lockdown; this severely affected the non-food sector. No lockdown was in place in March 2022.

In March, turnover of clothes shops and shops selling footwear and leather products was significantly higher than one year previously. Other non-food shops recorded year-on-year turnover growth in March 2022 as well.

Turnover of food shops almost 1 percent down

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 0.9 percent less turnover in March 2022 than in the same month last year. The volume of sales was 6.2 percent lower. Turnover at specialist shops was up by 3.1 percent, while turnover at supermarkets was down 1.4 percent year on year.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 March 2022 (year-on-year % change)February 2022 (year-on-year % change)
Total food-0.9-2.4
Specialist shops3.14.7
Supermarkets-1.4-3.4
Total non-food2756.9
Clothes53.5138.6
Shoes and leather products50.478.2
DIY products, kitchens, flooring21.832.6
Furniture and household articles15.349
Recreational goods13.661.8
Consumer electronics9.729.5
Personal care products6.63.5
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies