Dutch retail turnover in April almost equalled the level in April 2009. Retail prices were nearly 2 percent up on one year previously. Retail turnover is affected by the monthly number of shopping days and holidays. The shopping-day and holiday pattern was slightly more favourable in April 2010 than in April 2009. After a rough correction for this effect, turnover was nearly 1 percent lower than twelve months previously.
Turnover generated in the non-food sector was down by more than 3 percent. Prices hardly changed compared with April 2009. Sales were down in all branches of the non-food sector with the exception of shops for household items. Clothes shops, textile supermarkets and home furnishing shops faced the most dramatic loss of turnover. Sales in the non-food sector grew by more than 2 percent in March, the first increase in eighteen months.
Turnover in the food sector rose by 2 percent. Prices were marginally lower than one year previously. The increase in turnover was entirely due to supermarket sales.
Petrol stations realised about 9 percent more turnover in April than one year previously, largely as a result of higher fuel prices. About one tenth of total retail turnover is generated by petrol stations.