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Retail turnover almost 8 percent up in September in Netherlands

Christian Fernsby |
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that in September 2020 the Dutch retail sector recorded 7.6 percent year on year turnover growth.

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The volume of sales rose by 5.5 percent.

Turnover was up in both the food sector and the non-food sector.

Furthermore, online sales increased by almost 35 percent. Retail turnover data have been adjusted for changes in the shopping-day pattern.

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 2020 was 10.2 percent higher than in the same month last year.

In September, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 6.2 percent year-on-year.

The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) grew by 4.4 percent.

Shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring, and shops selling furniture and home furnishings achieved the highest turnover growth in September.

Turnover by shops selling recreational goods, shops selling consumer electronics and white goods and shops selling personal care products was up as well.

The recovery in turnover of shops selling footwear and leather products and clothes shops stalled in September.

After the sharp decline in turnover in the spring, turnover losses became smaller again in the summer.

Clothes shops experienced a slight contraction in August, while shops selling footwear realised a small increase in turnover.

In September, both shops experienced a significant decline in sales again, similar to the one in June.

In September 2020, shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 5.5 percent more turnover than in the same month last year.

The volume of sales increased by 3.0 percent.

Supermarkets saw year-on-year turnover growth of 5.4 percent.

At 5.9 percent, the turnover increase of specialist shops was well over 5 percent for the fifth month in a row.

In September 2020, online shops saw their turnover go up by 34.8 percent relative to September 2019.

Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 29.6 percent; their core activity is selling goods and services over the Internet.

Multichannelers (retailers selling goods and services over the Internet as a side activity) achieved 42.1 percent higher turnover in online sales.

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