Lower turnover in retail

15/07/2010 15:00
  • Retail turnover down 0.9 percent in May
  • Food- and non-food sector down

In May 2010 turnover in Dutch retail was down by 0.9 percent on the same period of 2009. Volume was down by 2.1 percent, while prices increased by 1.2 percent, according to the latest figures of Statistics Netherlands.

In May 2010 turnover in non-food decreased, just as it had in April. Turnover fell by 3.5 percent on May 2009. This was mainly due to a volume dip. Prices stayed about the same in non-food. DIY and drug stores saw the greatest turnover dips. The only branch in non-food with turnover increases were the shops in household articles. Their growth rate was 2.5 percent.

Supermarkets showed a slight increase in turnover of 0.4 percent in May. On the other hand, turnover in specialised food stores fell by nearly 9 percent. Therefore the turnover of food, beverages and tobacco stores was down by nearly 1 percent on May 2009.

The highest turnover increase in retail was in petrol stations. Their turnover in May was up by more than 9 percent on May 2009. The increase is mainly due to higher fuel prices.