Retail turnover slightly up

Dutch retailers generated 1.5 percent more turnover in January this year than twelve months previously. Retail prices were 2 percent up. Petrol stations largely accounted for both the increase in turnover and the price rise.

The shopping-day pattern was less favourable in January 2011 than in January 2010. After a rough correction for this effect, retail turnover was 3 percent higher than one year previously.

Shops in the non-food sector generated 1 percent more turnover, with shops selling clothes, consumer electronics and household appliances achieving the best results. Home furnishing shops also generated more turnover than twelve months previously. Chemists and textile supermarkets, on the other hand, faced considerable turnover losses. Sales of D-I-Y shops were also down on January 2010.

Shops in the food sector faced a turnover loss of nearly 2 percent compared with one year previously. The less favourable shopping day pattern affected turnover in this sector. The decline in supermarket sales was in the same order of magnitude as the decline in the sales of specialised food shops.

Retail turnover

Retail turnover

More figures can be found in dossier Business cycle.