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Consumption figures have been adjusted for price changes and differences in the shopping-day pattern.

Domestic household consumption (volume, adjusted for shopping days)
December 1.7
2018 January 1.9
2018 February 3.1
2018 March 3
2018 April 3.2
2018 May 2.2
2018 June 2.5
2018 July 2.7
2018 August 2.6
2018 September 2
2018 October 2.1
2018 November 2.2
2018 December 1.7
2019 January 0.8
2019 February 0.5
2019 March 1
2019 April 1
2019 May 1.8
2019 June 1
2019 July 0.5
2019 August 0.5
2019 September 1.3
2019 October 1.4
2019 November 1.2
2019 December 2.4
2020 January 0.8
2020 February 1.9
2020 March -7.5
2020 April -17.4
2020 May -12.3
2020 June -7.3
2020 July -2.6
2020 August -2.2
2020 September -3.9
2020 October -6.1
2020 November -6.5
2020 December -11.7
2021 January -12.6
2021 February -11.7
2021 March -0.3
2021 April 11.9
2021 May 11.0
2021 June 6.7
2021 July 2.5
2021 August 3.4
2021 September 4.6
2021 October 8.4
2021 November 8.7

Consumers spending more on services

In November, adjusted for price changes, consumers spent 14.2 percent more on services such as telephone and internet subscriptions, insurances, visits to hairdressers, restaurants or football matches relative to November 2020. That was when restaurants and bars were closed for a whole month. Amusement parks, cinemas, theatres, zoos, museums, libraries and swimming pools as well had to stay closed for almost the whole month of November 2020. Nevertheless, consumption of services was still over 2 percent lower than in November 2019. In general, spending on services accounts for over half of total domestic consumer expenditure.

Consumers spent 3.6 percent more on durable goods in November 2021 year-on-year. Spending on clothes and footwear was up in particular; spending on food, beverages and tobacco was virtually the same as in November 2020.

Consumption of other goods, such as natural gas, electricity, motor fuels and personal care, was 3.7 percent up year-on-year. Consumers used more energy and water and spent more on personal care. November 2021 was colder than November 2020.

Three weeks ago, CBS reported year-on-year turnover growth in retail trade of over 5 percent for November 2021. The volume of sales went up by 2.6 percent. Turnover in the non-food sector grew by 7.4 percent relative to the same month last year, while turnover in the food sector remained unchanged. These figures have also been adjusted for the shopping-day pattern.

Domestic household consumption by category (volume, adjusted for shopping days), November 2021
Services 14.2
Other goods (e.g. gas) 3.7
Durable goods 3.6
Food, drinks and tobacco 0.1
Total 8.7

Source of original article: Statistics Netherlands (CBS) (www.cbs.nl).
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