Robust retail sales growth put at 4.3% in June by CBS

Retail sales in the Netherlands increased by a healthy 4.3% in June, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday. The CBS said the increase over June 2016 was seen in both the food and non-food sectors. E-commerce sales registered 19.5% growth year-on-year.

The figures are corrected for the number of shopping days which distort the monthly figures as turnover is higher on certain days. Without the correction, retail sales were nearly 5% higher than in June 2016.

Non-food retail sales rose by just over 3% in June, marking the sixth consecutive monthly increase in both sales and volume in the non-food sector, the CBS said. Sales in the DIY, kichens and floor sectors came out 9% higher. Only sales in consumer electronics declined, a trend started in February with steady monthly drops in turnover.

Sales in the foods sector were 4.6% higher year-on-year, topped with 5% growth in the supermarket sector.

Online retail sales soared by 19.5% in June year-on-year. In pure webshops, sales were nearly 16% higher, but the gain was more than 24% in in multi-channel operations where e-commerce is a sideline, the CBS said.

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