Retail turnover down again

In February, Dutch retailers faced more than 3 percent loss of turnover relative to February 2009. Retail prices were more than 1 percent higher than one year previously. As a result, retail volume shrank by more than 4 percent. February 2010 was the thirteenth month in a row to show turnover decline compared to twelve months previously.

Turnover generated in the non-food sector dropped by more than 5 percent compared to February 2009. With a decline by 11.5 percent, DIY shops suffered most. Shops selling household appliances also suffered considerable loss of turnover. Chemist shops, on the other hand, realised a higher turnover than twelve months previously.

Turnover in the food sector fell by nearly 1 percent compared to twelve months previously. Supermarket sales equalled the level of February 2009, while turnover realised by specialised food shops dropped by more than 6 percent.

Despite higher fuel prices, turnover of petrol stations was more than 1 percent lower in February 2010 than in February 2009. About one tenth of total retail turnover is generated by petrol stations.

The figures published in this update have been updated relative to the February retail figures released on 15 April 2010. The revision is based on more recent and more detailed information.

Retail turnover

Retail turnover