Retail turnover up by over 2 percent in April

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the Dutch retail sector recorded growth in turnover of 2.3 percent in April 2024, year on year. Sales volume was also up by 2.3 percent. Turnover in the non-food sector (including retail not in shops) increased by 3.8 percent, while turnover in the food sector (shops selling food, beverages and tobacco) was down by 0.4 percent. Furthermore, online retail turnover increased by 8.8 percent year on year.

The figures for retail turnover have been adjusted for calendar days in April, because more is sold on certain days of the week than on other days. Without such an adjustment, retail turnover in April 2024 would have been 3.0 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
2024January2.4
2024February3.4
2024March4.3
2024April2.3
*excluding petrol

Turnover in non-food sector up by almost 4 percent

Turnover in the non-food sector was up by 3.8 percent in April, year on year. Sales volume (turnover adjusted for price changes) was up by 4.9 percent from one year previously.

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

Turnover in food sector slightly lower

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco recorded a turnover in April that was 0.4 percent lower than one year previously. Sales volume was 2.6 percent lower. Turnover in supermarkets was down by 0.7 percent, turnover in specialty shops was up by 1.9 percent.

Turnover branches retail sector* (calendar adjusted)
 April 2024 (year-on-year % change)March 2024 (year-on-year % change)
Total food-0.40.6
Specialist shops1.96
Supermarkets-0.7-0.1
Total non-food3.86.4
Personal care products5.810.7
DIY products, kitchens, flooring34.3
Recreational goods2.66.1
Shoes and leather products0.99.3
Consumer electronics0.7-5.8
Clothes-1.49.3
Furniture and household articles-5.3-8.7
* excluding petrol stations

Online turnover 8.8 percent higher

Turnover among online retailers was up by 8.8 percent in April, year on year. Online retailers (whose core activity is selling goods and services over the internet) recorded an increase in turnover of 11.6 percent. Multi-channel retailers (retailers selling goods and services over the internet as a secondary activity) saw turnover in their online sales rise by 5.4 percent.

Online turnover for food and personal care products, for consumer electronics, for other non-food products and for clothing and fashion items was higher in April 2024 than it was one year previously.

Online turnover by subsector
 April 2024 (year-on-year % change)March 2024 (year-on-year % change)
Total 8.82.3
Food and personal care products13.84.9
Consumer electronics8.3-3.5
Other non-food products7.84.1
Clothing and fashion products2.7-4.7

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