Retail trade in the Netherlands - statistics & facts
The Netherlands, which is located in Western Europe and is home to more than 17 million people, is one of Europe’s strongest economies today. Over the past several years, the country’s retail trade sales turnover has developed positively, ultimately increasing by more than 35 index points in 2022, compared to the base year of 2015.
In 2022, most retail industries fared well in terms of retail sales. For instance, clothing and shoe stores in the Netherlands recorded considerable retail sales gains. Respectively, the retail sales volume for each branch grew by roughly 23 percent and 17 percent compared to the previous year. E-commerce was the only branch to experience a drop in sales compared to the previous year, which is unsurprising considering how prevalent the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (and its resulting measures) still was in 2021. Overall, total retail sales across the country increased by roughly six percent in 2022, compared to the previous year.
Food retail in the Netherlands
At around 22,000, the number of food retailers in the Netherlands has remained fairly stable since 2017. Many of these food retailers are part of larger franchises: from Aldi and Dirk, to Hoogvliet and Spar, Dutch consumers have many options at their disposal. That said, the most commonly found food retail chains in the country were Albert Heijn and Jumbo. Respectively, these companies accounted for approximately 37 and 22 percent of the Dutch food retail market.
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