In addition, 18.6 percent more online turnover was achieved by the retail trade. Compared to April 2019, retail sales were 8.5 percent higher in April 2021.
The turnover figures have been adjusted for the composition of shopping days in April. Some days of the week sell more than others. Excluding this adjustment, retail sales were 10.2 percent higher than in April 2020.
Turnover from non-food stores more than 12 percent higher
The turnover of the non-food stores grew by 12.4 percent in April 2021. The volume (turnover adjusted for price changes) was 9.5 percent higher than twelve months previously. The growth in the turnover of non-food stores is mainly due to the fact that turnover was at a low level in April 2020. April last year was the second month in which measures against the spread of the coronavirus were in effect. On balance, the non-food sector in particular suffered a lot from this. Compared to April 2019, the turnover of non-food stores was almost 5 percent lower in April 2021.
As in March, clothing and footwear and leather goods stores turned over more in April than a year earlier. But just like in March 2020, the clothing and shoes and leather goods stores suffered unprecedented turnover losses in April 2020. The growth in April 2021 did not make up for the loss in April 2020. The turnover of the clothing and shoe stores in April 2021 was still significantly lower than in April 2019.
The turnover of the shops in recreational goods, the shops in furniture and home furnishings and the drugstores was also higher in April 2021 than a year earlier. Compared to April 2019, the turnover of these stores was also higher.
The stores in consumer electronics and white goods and the stores in do-it-yourself articles, kitchens and floors suffered from turnover losses in April 2021. In April last year, these stores achieved large increases in turnover. However, compared to March 2019, these stores did record an increase in turnover.
Nearly 3 percent more turnover for food stores
The food, drink and tobacco stores turned over 2.7 percent more in April than in April 2020. The sales volume was 3.5 percent higher. The turnover of supermarkets was 2.5 percent higher than a year earlier, while the turnover of specialty stores grew by 4.5 percent. Compared to April 2019, food stores turned over 8.8 percent more.
Online turnover almost 19 percent higher
Online sales in April were 18.6 percent higher than in the same month a year earlier. Web shops (sales via the internet as the main activity) have increased their turnover by 17.8 percent. The online turnover of shops of which the sale via the internet is normally a secondary activity (multi-channelers) grew by 19.4 percent.