More online stores in the Netherlands than physical stores
On January 1st, the Netherlands had more online stores than brick-and-mortar stores. The number of online stores was 84.1 thousand, while the number of physical stores was 82.1 thousand. In a year, the number of online stores rose 4.1 percent.
This is evident from preliminary figures from Statistics Netherlands. The number of physical stores in the country decreased by 1,600 in one year. According to the report, this is the steepest decline since the outbreak of the corona pandemic.
The number of online stores in the Netherlands increased 4.1%
As recently as 2021, the number of online stores in the Netherlands increased by 17 percent. At the time, this was the largest increase in the number of online stores in the first two quarters of a year. Thus, the 4.1 percent increase seen this year is a lot weaker.
Most stores sell clothing items
The most common physical stores are clothing stores (13.3 thousand). This is a decrease of 16.2 percent. Stores selling other household goods and supermarkets rank second and third with 6.5 thousand and 6.4 thousand, respectively. Most online stores also sell clothing and fashion (19.3 thousand) and home and garden items (15.3 thousand).
Online stores with general product range increase
The amount of physical toy stores and stores in other food products have increased by 5.2 and 4.1 percent, respectively. Currently, there are as many toy stores in the country as there were before the corona pandemic. Physical stores in shoes and leather goods disappeared most frequently (a decrease of 7.9 percent).
Online stores with general merchandise are increasing with an annual rate of 32.3%
The number of online stores in food and drugstore products is increasing at an average annual rate of 25.6 percent in the Netherlands. Ecommerce stores in home and garden items are up 26.7 percent. And online stores with general merchandise are increasing the most at an average of 32.3 percent.