Dutch home improvements fuel sale surge
Retail sales in the Netherlands increased at the fastest rate in 14 years in May, as a partial lockdown fueled a run on home improvement and interior design. Turnover in Dutch stores was up 8.2 percent from the year before, the national statistics office said on Tuesday, offering a bright spot in what looks set to become the worst quarter on record for the Dutch economy. Though stores stayed open with social distancing rules, cafes, restaurants and other public places in the Netherlands were shut from mid-March until June to contain the coronavirus, while people were urged to work from home as much as possible.
Many seemed to find time for improvements, sending sales at do-it-yourself stores up 29 percent in May, after an already record-breaking 26 percent in April. Reuters