The Dutch retail sector is experiencing growth in the first part of 2019. Not only the online retail market, but also the offline retail is growing. Dutch market research company CBS researched the recent retail growth in the Netherlands. According to CBS, online sales in the Netherlands were 16.8% higher in February 2019 than in February last year. Web shops have converted 11.3% more than one year ago.
Dutch multi-channelers, physical shops for whom online selling is a side activity, saw their turnover increase with 26.5%. Total retail turnover, online and offline, was 4.3% higher in February in comparison to February 2018. The sales volume has increased by 3.5% in the past year.
Dutch online retail: popular markets
Companies that are selling DIY items, kitchens, floors, furniture and home furnishings accomplished the largest growth in sales in February. Last January, these sectors were also the most popular amongst Dutch consumers, as they experienced the biggest growth in January as well as February. Turnover from shoe companies, leather goods, clothing companies, consumer electronics and kitchen appliances, cosmetics and leisure items, are also higher than a year ago.