Retail turnover 5.5 percent up in November

© Hollandse Hoogte / Patricia Rehe
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports for November 2022 that the Dutch retail sector recorded 5.5 percent year-on-year turnover growth. The volume of sales, however, went down by 4.0 percent. Turnover in the food sector was up by 8.2 percent and in the non-food sector up by 4.7 percent. Furthermore, online retail turnover increased by 3.8 percent.

Retail turnover data have been adjusted for the shopping-day pattern in November. 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 2022 was 6.3 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
2022October4
2022November5.5
2022
*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Turnover in non-food sector almost 5 percent higher

In November, 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 3.0 percent compared to the same month last year.

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

Turnover of food shops over 8 percent up

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 8.2 percent higher turnover in November 2022 than in the same month last year. The volume of sales, however, was 4.4 percent lower. Turnover at supermarkets was up by 9.5 percent, while turnover at specialist shops was down by 0.6 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (adjusted for shopping days)
 November 2022 (year-on-year % change)October 2022 (year-on-year % change)
Total food8.27.8
Supermarkets9.58.9
Specialist shops-0.60.9
Total non-food4.71
Clothes13.10.2
Recreational goods6.6-1.9
Personal care products4.97.8
Shoes and leather products4.7-5.1
DIY products, kitchens, flooring2.10
Furniture and household articles-1.1-1.5
Consumer electronics-1.3-5.4
* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies

Online turnover 3.8 percent higher

In November, online turnover was up by 3.8 percent year on year. Web shops recorded a turnover decrease of 0.6 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 9.6 percent higher turnover in online sales.

Online turnover of clothing and fashion items and food and personal care products was higher in November 2022 compared to November 2021. Online turnover of other non-food products and consumer electronics was lower.

Online turnover by subsector
 November 2022 (year-on-year % change)October 2022 (year-on-year % change)
Total 3.84.0
Clothing and fashion products18.56.3
Food and personal care products11.610.6
Consumer electronics-1.49.1
Other non-food products-1.6-1.4