Dutch retail turnover in May was nearly 2 percent down on May 2009 whereas retail prices were up by over 1 percent on one year previously. The volume shrank by almost 3 percent.
Turnover generated in the non-food sector was down by almost 4 percent. Sales were down in all branches of the non-food sector with the exception of shops selling household items. Chemists, DIY shops and shops selling consumer electronics faced the most dramatic loss of turnover.
Turnover in the food sector was nearly 1 percent down on May 2009. Turnover in supermarkets increased slightly. Specialised food shops, on the other hand, faced a turnover loss of nearly 9 percent.
Petrol stations realised about 4 percent more turnover in May than one year previously, largely as a result of higher fuel prices. About one tenth of total retail turnover is generated by petrol stations.