Dutch consumers bought 1.6 billion euros in web stores from other EU countries in 2018, according to the Central Statistics Office (CBS) on Thursday, based on current research.
In total, 17% more items were bought in 2018 than a year earlier. The growth rate of Dutch consumer purchases in EU online stores is therefore slower than in previous years, CBS writes.
In the last quarter of 2018, Dutch consumers bought 453 million euros in European stores. That's 22% more than in the same period in 2017.
Dutch purchases in European stores constitute a relatively small share of consumer spending. According to Statistics Netherlands data, in 2018 it was less than 2% of total Dutch retail turnover.
Internet sales of established web stores in the Netherlands
Dutch internet sales at established Dutch stores are also on the rise. In 2018 this figure was almost 18% higher than in 2017.
As with European stores, the growth rate of Dutch stores remains high, but this growth slows slightly after 2015. In 2015, the turnover of Dutch online stores increased by 22%.
According to CBS, Dutch internet sales are rising much faster than the total sales volume of Dutch retailers. It grew more than 3.4% in 2018.