Business

Apr 26 '13 08:31

The store chain HEMA had a net profit of 6.4 million euro in 2012, while in 2011 it had a net profit of 11.4 million. The turnover increased by 0.3 percent to 1.153 billion euro. This was reported on Wednesday.

HEMA has had to deal with a worsening economy, a decrease in consumer confidence and the VAT increase, which put pressure on the margins. In light of the circumstances, chairman Ronald van Zetten thinks HEMA has done well.

Apr 26 '13 08:29

At the shareholders meeting of Heineken on Thursday, there was some commotion about the move of the Supervisory Board to grant CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer two extraordinary bonuses, one for his contributions to the acquisition of beverage group APB. 20 percent of the represented shareholders voted against the proposals, but at the end of the meeting Van Boxmeer was 4 million richer.

Apr 25 '13 08:05

The economic crisis brings gasoline stations to the brink of a price war. Paul van Selms of United Consumers says while there is less gasoline consumption, there is a growing number of manned and unmanned gasoline stations. Because of this, many stations start special promotions, which could eventually lead to bankruptcy.

Apr 19 '13 14:50

Dutch airline KLM is experiencing a large ICT failure since last night. Customers cannot check in online or book tickets. The organization advises travelers to come to the airport earlier to check in there. The flight schedule is not affected.

Apr 18 '13 08:24

“This must be a mistake,” thought Said Basir when he found a phone bill of about 20,000 euro on his doormat last month. His bill is normally around 100 euro. However, after several reminder letters from his provider KPN/Telfort, it seemed the bill was not an error.

This Amsterdam citizen will have to pay thousands of dollars, which he cannot afford. “I do not even earn that amount in a year,” said a crestfallen Said to AT5. Moreover, he knows “100 percent sure” that he did not consume so much mobile data (10GB).

Apr 16 '13 15:12

In the next seven years retail space in urban areas will decrease with 2 million square meters. Consultancy firm Booz & Company reported this at the request of the Dutch financial newspaper, Het Financieel Dagblad.

Apr 16 '13 13:51

68 million euro of unused phone credit expires every month. That is on average 8 euros per person per month. The Dutch consumers union, de Consumentenbond, announced this on Tuesday. The union sent a petition to the government to change the expiry date of credit to a least a year after it was bought.

Apr 15 '13 18:12

Department store Marks & Spencer will open its doors on the Kalverstraat 226 in Amsterdam on Wednesday. A Dutch representative of the British company said that they expect a big spectacle with long queues when they open at exactly 11.30am.

Apr 12 '13 17:01

Most Dutch experienced a reduction in their salary last year. Wages decreased most in the agricultural sector (-6,6 percent) and in hospitality (-3,5 percent). Employment website Monsterboard concluded this after questioning 14 thousand people for the Wage Index, de Loonwijzer.

Apr 11 '13 18:25

House prices still decrease, but not as fast as in 2012. The bottom of the market is in sight. NVM, the biggest broker organization in the Netherlands, announced on Thursday that the average price of a house is now 206 thousand euro, 5,5 percent lower than a year ago.

Apr 11 '13 17:21

“Health insurance needs to become cheaper after the providers made a profit of 1,4 billion euro last year”. A representative of patient association NPCF said that on Thursday.

Apr 11 '13 08:53

The measures that ING has taken against new cyber attacks seem to bear fruit, according to a spokesperson of the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) in response to new problems, which the bank was able to remedy within 20 minutes. “Last week the internet banking system was down for hours and now it was over in a couple of minutes.”

ING has no idea why the last week it has been the victim of a DDoS attack several times. A spokesperson of ING said on Radio 1 this morning, “The company is not threatened or extorted.”

Apr 11 '13 08:42

Albert Heijn is going to replace the “Euro Shop” products with those from the “AH Basic” label. The first five products will be replaced in the next five weeks and it is expected that a total of 500 Euro Shop products will be all replaced within this year.

The change of the packaging is due to an inconsistency between price and quality.

Apr 10 '13 16:56

Albert Heijn (AH) will remove its budget line Euro Shopper from the supermarkets in the course of this year. Instead the chain will introduce AH Basic, as a more price-quality consistent brand.

Apr 5 '13 15:44

A major technical failure affected several Dutch banks on Friday. Last Wednesday ING Bank customers also had to deal with an interruption when their bank accounts showed incorrect balances.

Apr 3 '13 17:35

Customers are unable to pay for their groceries, have thousands of euros more or less in their bank accounts than yesterday and can not to log into Internet banking because of extreme technical failures at the ING bank on Wednesday.

Apr 1 '13 14:56

Train stations should no longer be the responsibility of the Dutch Railways, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) said D66 Member of Parliament Stientje van Veldhoven on Monday. To make the division of roles in rail infrastructure more equal the ownership of stations should go to ProRail, the railway administrator.

Mar 29 '13 22:50

Vodafone introduces a subscription with no extra charges for calling, texting and surfing the Internet abroad. This is the first Dutch provider to offer this service.

Mar 27 '13 08:08

In little more than a week, De Correspondent has reached its target number of 15,000 members. “A milestone in the field of crowdfunding,” writes De Correspondent on its website.

The journalism project of the former nrc.next editor Rob Wijnberg needed 15,000 paying members to be able to start the project. The necessary start-up capital of 900,000 euro was exceeded to more than a million.

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