Retail turnover up by almost 5 percent in March

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector recorded growth in turnover of 4.8 percent in March 2024, year on year. Sales volume was up by 4.4 percent. Turnover in the non-food sector (including retail not in shops) increased by 6.2 percent and turnover in the food sector (shops selling food, beverages and tobacco) was up by 2.3 percent. Furthermore, online retail turnover increased by 2.3 percent year on year.

The figures for retail turnover have been adjusted for calendar days in March, because more is sold on certain days of the week than on others. Without such an adjustment, retail turnover in March 2024 would have been 3.9 percent higher than one year previously.

Turnover retail sector* (calendar adjusted)
 monthchange (year-on-year % change)
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
2022February16
2022March9.3
2022April9
2022May2.1
2022June1.5
2022July5.9
2022August2.7
2022September6
2022October5
2022November6.8
2022December11.9
2023January11.2
2023February7.9
2023March4.9
2023April4.5
2023May5
2023June7.5
2023July4
2023August5.8
2023September3.8
2023October4.6
2023November3.3
2023December 3.2
2024January2.5
2024February3.7
2024March4.8
*excluding petrol

Turnover in non-food sector up by over 6 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector was up by 6.2 percent in March, year on year. Sales volume (turnover adjusted for price changes) was up by 6.7 percent from one year previously.

Chemists, shops selling footwear and leather products, clothes shops, shops selling recreational goods and those selling DIY products (including kitchens and flooring) saw year-on-year turnover growth in March. However, shops selling consumer electronics and white goods and those selling furniture and home furnishings recorded a decrease in turnover.

Turnover in food sector over 2 percent higher

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco recorded a turnover in March that was 2.3 percent higher than one year previously. Sales volume was 0.3 percent higher. Turnover in supermarkets was up by 1.9 percent, and turnover in specialty shops was up by 5.5 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (calendar adjusted)
 March 2024 (year-on-year % change)February 2024 (year-on-year % change)
Total food2.31.6
Specialist shops5.54.5
Supermarkets1.91.3
Total non-food6.24.9
Personal care products10.54.9
Shoes and leather products9.53
Clothes90.3
Recreational goods6-0.4
DIY products, kitchens, flooring3.82.8
Consumer electronics-5.12.4
Furniture and household articles-8.7-2.4
* excluding petrol stations

Online turnover 2.3 percent higher

Turnover among online retailers was up by 2.3 percent in March, year on year. Online retailers (whose core activity is selling goods and services over the internet) recorded an increase in turnover of 3.8 percent. Multi-channel retailers (retailers selling goods and services over the internet as a secondary activity) saw turnover in their online sales up by 0.2 percent.

Online turnover for food and personal care products and other non-food products was higher in March than it was one year previously, while turnover for consumer electronics and clothing and fashion items was lower.

Online turnover by subsector
 March 2024 (year-on-year % change)February 2024 (year-on-year % change)
Total 2.36.0
Food and personal care products5.412.3
Other non-food products3.78.4
Consumer electronics-3.3-2.9
Clothing and fashion products-4.6-9.4

The figures in this post are preliminary and subject to revision.