Retail turnover down by 5 percent in January

In January, Dutch retailers faced a 5 percent loss of turnover compared to January 2009. Retail prices were more than 1 percent higher than one year previously. Retail turnover is affected by the monthly number of shopping days and holidays. In January 2010, the pattern was less favourable than in January 2009. The negative impact on turnover is estimated at about 4 percent.

Turnover generated in the non-food sector dropped by nearly 7 percent relative to January 2009. With a decline by 9.5 percent, DIY shops suffered most. Chemist shops realised a higher turnover than twelve months previously.

Turnover in the food sector fell by nearly 5 percent. Supermarket sales were 4 percent down on the previous year and turnover in specialised food shops plummeted by 11 percent. Supermarkets were notably affected by the unfavourable shopping-day pattern. The negative impact approximated 5 percent.

Petrol stations achieved nearly 4 percent more turnover in January than twelve months previously. This increase is mainly due to higher petrol prices. About one tenth of total retail turnover is generated by petrol stations.

The figures published in this update have been updated relative to the January retail figures released on 16 March 2010. The revision is based on more recent and more detailed information.

Retail turnover

Retail turnover