Retail turnover over 5 percent up in September

© CBS / Nikki van Toorn
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports for September 2022 that the Dutch retail sector recorded 5.3 percent year-on-year turnover growth. The volume of sales, however, went down by 3.5 percent. Turnover in the food sector was up by 8.7 percent and in the non-food sector up by 4.7 percent. Furthermore, online retail turnover increased by 5.7 percent.

Retail turnover data have been adjusted for the shopping-day pattern in September. Retail sales tend to vary from one day to the next. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in September 2022 was 5.9 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-2.8
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
2022July5.1
2022August2.1
2022september5.3
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover in non-food sector almost 5 percent higher

In September, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 4.7 percent year on year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) fell by 2.9 percent compared to the same month last year.

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

Turnover of food shops over 7 percent up

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 7.3 percent higher turnover in September 2022 than in the same month last year. The volume of sales, however, was 3.4 percent lower. Turnover at supermarkets was up by 8.7 percent, while turnover at specialist shops was down by 2 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 September 2022 (year-on-year % change)August 2022 (year-on-year % change)
Total food7.37.9
Supermarkets8.79.2
Specialist shops-2-0.8
Total non-food4.7-1.8
Shoes and leather products11.8-7.1
Clothes10.9-5.9
Personal care products88.4
Consumer electronics5.6-2.1
DIY products, kitchens, flooring1-4
Furniture and household articles0.7-9.5
Recreational goods-1.93.5
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online turnover 5.7 percent higher

In September, online turnover was up by 5.7 percent year on year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase 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 12.2 percent higher turnover in online sales. Online turnover in all subsectors was higher in September compared to September 2021.

Online turnover by subsector
 September 2022 (year-on-year % change)August 2022 (year-on-year % change)
Total 5.70.5
Food and personal care products10.57.0
Clothing and fashion products10.00.1
Consumer electronics8.0-1.3
Other non-food products1.3-2.0