Prices of existing owner-occupied dwellings were on average 7.6 percent lower in April 2013 than in April 2012. The price drop is larger than in the previous month when house prices dropped by 7.0 percent.
The volume of exports of goods grew by 1.9 percent in March relative to twelve months previously. The growth of exports has not been this low since August 2012. The volume of imports increased by 0.5 percent in March, the lowest growth rate in more than twelve months.
Adjusted for seasonal variation, 650 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in April 2013, an increase by 7 thousand relative to March this year.
Dutch terms of trade of imported and exported goods improved in March 2013 relative to March 2012. Prices of imported and exported goods were respectively 1.7 and 0.8 percent down from one year previously.
The retail sector faced 5.3 percent turnover loss in March 2013 relative to March 2012. Retail prices were 2.6 percent up, whereas the volume of retail sales was down by 7.8 percent.
In April this year, 682 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, a decrease by 28 from March.
The average daily production realised by Dutch manufacturing industry was 5.3 percent down in March 2013 from March 2012. The decline was much more substantial than in February, when manufacturing output was 1.3 percent down from one year previously.
The Dutch long-term interest rate based on the return of the most recent ten-year public loan, averaged 1.7 percent in April 2013, just as in March.
The Dutch inflation rate was 2.6 percent in April versus 2.9 percent in March. The price of petrol in particular had a downward effect on inflation. Food prices also had a downward effect.
Output prices of Dutch manufacturing industry were 0.9 percent lower in March 2013 than in March 2012.
Manufacturers’ stocks of finished products were 1 percent up in February from February 2012. The increase is less substantial than in January, when stocks were 4.5 percent up from one year previously.
Household spending on goods and services was 2.2 percent down in February 2013 from February 2012. In January, consumption had declined by 2.3 percent.
The volume of private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was nearly 15 percent down in February 2013 from February 2012. The decline is somewhat more substantial than in January, when private sector investments were 14 percent down from one year previously.