In October 2008, retail turnover grew by 5.0 percent relative to the same month last year. The prices went up by 2.6 percent, volume by 2.4 percent.
5 December and Christmas invariably boost toy sales in the last month of the year. In recent years, Dutch consumers bought approximately 40 percent of all toys sold annually in the last quarter.
The number of different types of shops to be found in shopping centres is decreasing.
Turnover realised by the sector hotels and restaurants declined by nearly 1 percent in the third quarter of 2008 relative to the same period last year. The last time the sector reported a downturn in sales was in the third quarter of 2004.
Dutch retailers realised a modest increase in turnover in the third quarter of this year.
In July 2008, retail turnover was 5.4 percent up on the same month last year.
In spite of the fact that more cars were sold in the second quarter of 2008, turnover in this branch was lower.
Turnover in the sector hotels and restaurants in the second quarter of 2008 was significantly below the level of one year previously. The volume of turnover declined by 3.5 percent.
Turnover growth in retail trade was 2.3 percent in the second quarter of 2008 relative to the same period last year. This is the lowest growth rate since the fourth quarter of 2005.
In May 2008, retail turnover was 7.8 percent up on the same month one year previously. Food as well as non-food shops achieved better results.
Motorcycle dealers have had a good first quarter this year: they sold 5,350 new motorcycles, 16 percent more than in the same period last year. Total turnover grew by just over 7 percent in the first quarter.
The Dutch retail sector realised 3.1 percent more turnover in April this year than in the same month last year. Prices rose by 2 percent. The volume of sales grew by just over 1 percent.
Turnover of the sector hotels and restaurantshoreca increased by 2.7 percent in the first quarter of 2008 relative to the same period last year, but the volume of turnover declined by 0.4 percent.
In March 2008, retail turnover decreased by 3.4 percent relative to the same period last year. For the first time in nearly 3 years, Dutch retailers faced declining sales.
Dutch retail turnover was 8 percent higher in February 2008 than twelve months previously.
In 2007, bookshops again sold more books, newspapers and magazines. Though there is an increase in online buying, bookshops remain the most important sales channel, accounting for 55 percent of total book sales.
In January 2008, retail trade turnover grew by 3.3 percent relative to one year previously. The increase is equally attributable to higher prices and the larger turnover volume.
In 2007, turnover of the sector hotels and restaurants was again distinctly higher than in the previous year. Turnover increased by 5 percent, just like in 2006.
Dutch retail turnover was again higher in 2007 than in the preceding year. The growth rate was 3.7 percent.
In November 2007, retail trade turnover increased by 3.5 percent relative to the same month one year previously. Non-food shops, on the other hand, only realised a marginal turnover increase compared to November 2006.