Turnover in the retail trade was 2.8 percent down in November 2004 on twelve months previously. Shop prices fell by 1.4 percent in this period. The volume of turnover was 1.4 percent smaller, according to figures form Statistics Netherlands. Turnover was down in both the food and non-food sector.
More than 2 percent less turnover for food shops
Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco realised 2.3 percent less turnover in November 2004 than twelve month previously. Prices were 2.2 percent lower than in November 2003, while the volume of turnover remained about the same.
More than 80 percent of turnover in the food sector was generated in supermarkets; in this category turnover was 1.9 percent less in November 2004 than in the same month in 2003. Specialist shops selling food, drink and tobacco, such as greengrocers, butchers and stores selling alcoholic beverages, lost 4.3 percent turnover in this period.
Non-food also down
The non-food sector realised 3.3 percent less turnover in November 2004 than in the same month in 2003. Turnover in this sector was lower than twelve months previously in nearly all preceding months in 2004. Almost all retail branches had a lower turnover. The largest decrease was for shops selling consumer electronics, but chemists and do-it-yourself stores also had significantly lower turnover levels. Textile supermarkets increased their turnover by 9 percent.
Less turnover in January-November 2004
Retail turnover in the period January-November 2004 was 2.4 percent lower than in the same period in 2003. Turnover in non-food shops fell by more than 3 percent. In the food sector it fell by 1.3 percent. In 2003 turnover in the food sector rose by 1.5 percent.
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