Retail turnover 5.5 percent up in July

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports for July 2022 that the Dutch retail sector recorded 5.5 percent year-on-year turnover growth. The volume of sales, however, went down by 1.5 percent. Turnover in the food sector and non-food sector was up by 9.0 and 2.9 percent, respectively. Furthermore, online retail turnover increased by 5.0 percent.

Retail turnover data have been adjusted for the shopping-day pattern in July. Retail sales tend to vary from one day to the next. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in July 2022 was 3.2 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
2021July2.8
2021August3.3
2021September4.2
2021October6.8
2021November5.3
2021December6.4
2022January18.1
2022February15.3
2022March8.4
2022April8.3
2022May1.5
2022June0.7
2022July5.5
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover in non-food sector almost 3 percent higher

In July, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 2.9 percent year on year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) fell by 2.0 percent compared to the same month last year.

Shops selling personal care products, clothes shops, shops selling footwear and leather products and those selling recreational goods saw turnover growth. However, shops selling consumer electronics and white goods, shops selling furniture and home furnishings and those selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring had lower turnover than twelve months previously.

Turnover of food shops 9 percent up

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 9.0 percent higher turnover in July 2022 than in the same month last year. The volume of sales, however, was 0.9 percent lower. Turnover at supermarkets and specialist shops was up by 9.8 and 3.9 percent, respectively.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 July 2022 (year-on-year % change)June 2022 (year-on-year % change)
Total food94.7
Supermarkets9.84.8
Specialist shops3.93.7
Total non-food2.9-2.8
Personal care products1310.9
Clothes11.6-3.3
Shoes and leather products8.3-5.9
Recreational goods2.2-6
DIY products, kitchens, flooring-2.6-6.3
Consumer electronics-3.7-10
Furniture and household articles-7.1-7.2
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online turnover 5 percent higher

In July, online turnover was up 5.0 percent year on year. Web shops recorded a turnover decrease of 0.7 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 12.9 percent higher turnover in online sales.

Online turnover of clothing and fashion items, of food and personal care products and of other non-food products was higher in July compared to July 2021. Online turnover of consumer electronics was lower than twelve months previously.

Online turnover by subsector
 July 2022 (year-on-year % change)June 2022 (year-on-year % change)
Total 5.0-5.7
Clothing and fashion products28.4-4.8
Food and personal care products10.10.4
Other non-food products0.3-9.8
Consumer electronics-6.3-2.5