Thirty percent more homes were sold in the fourth quarter of 2014 than in the same period the year before. The average price of an abode sold in the Netherlands now stands at 215,000 euros which is 3.5 percent higher than last year and 5 percent higher than during the worst times of the economic crisis, according to NVM brokers in their latest figures.
People with high incomes should invest less in their pensions, so billions of euros would be freed for consumption, the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) says.
Copies of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo did not arrive in the Netherlands for distribution on Thursday, as previously expected. The cause of the delay is not known.
Dutch aircraft firm Fokker Technologies signed a new contract with US aerospace company Lockheed Martin to supply wing components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The deal signed last week in the Hague, is believed to be worth tens of millions of euros.
With oil prices continue to slide on the global market, petrol and diesel buyers are seeing the result at the pump. Euro 95 petrol in the Netherlands dropped as low as €1.36 per liter, a price spotted at the SuperTank in Lelystad.
Employees of armoured car service Brink's are expected to go on strike beginning Thursday. It is their second strike in two months.
The director of the company responsible for the allegedly fraudulent sales of horse meat will be the only person tried in connection with the food scandal, the public prosecutor announced on Tuesday. The 45-year-old is accused of selling 300,000 kilos of horse meat labeled as beef from 2011 to 2013.
Two of the largest booksellers in the Netherlands will sell Charlie Hebdo this week. The country will get access to just 500 copies of the French magazine, which is likely to have a three million copy print run this week.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it would be very strange if Greece chose to exit the eurozone, and dropped their policy measures meant to get the country’s finances in shape. Calling the proposition “bizarre,” he refused to speculate on a possible Grexit, saying only, “I assume that is not going to happen.”
Rating agency Fitch reaffirmed the Netherlands AAA rating on Friday on signs the country’s economy is recovering. The agency predicts GDP growth of 1.2 percent for 2015.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) has agreed to pay compensation for two of its oil spills that occurred in Nigeria in 2008. In total, Shell will pay 55 million British pounds, an amount agreed to in the largest out-of-court settlement for Nigerian oil spills to date, which followed a three-year legal battle between Shell and 15,600 Nigerians living in Bodo.
Dutch restaurant review site IENS and reservation site SeatMe were bought by American travel website TripAdvisor, the companies announced Thursday. The US based company is specialised in providing reviews of travel related content.
Lucas Bols Holding B.V. today announced plans to raise EUR 125 million (USD 147 milliion) in gross proceeds from the launch of an Initial Public Offering (IPO). The funds will be directed towards refinancing and increasing financial strength.
Nearly 1.1 million consumers in the Netherlands switched healthcare providers by January 1, according to a study by Vektis. The preliminary numbers, released by Zorgverzekeraars Nederland (ZN), show that 6.5 percent of the country made the switch, down from 7.2 percent a year earlier.
Schiphol Airport welcomed a record number of 55 million passengers in 2014, according to Schiphol Group CEO Jos Nijhuis. The preliminary figures, released Monday, demonstrate an increase of 4.6 percent. The CEO is also expecting a slight growth in both passenger numbers and freight in 2015 as well.
George Möller resigned overnight from the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets, the regulator announced in a statement. The 67-year-old was Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the AFM since New Year’s Day, 2010.
New legislation that would put a restrictive cap on the amount of cash bankers may collect in bonuses missed its proposed January 1 start date when last minute questions were asked by senators of coalition leader VVD. The law was previously lauded by coalition partner PvdA, the Dutch labour party, which has been at odds with the VVD after a health care bill failed to pass a Senate vote.
The expected influx of Eastern Europeans to the Netherlands in 2014 failed to materialize, Trouw reported on Wednesday.
There were a total of 75 startup investment deals in the Netherlands in 2014, with a total investment of slightly more than 500 million euro. This is according to Startup Juncture, a site that keeps track of all Dutch startup news.
The sales of new cars in the Netherlands fell by 6.9 percent in 2014 to 387,835 new cars sold. This is according to the industry organizations BOVAG, RAI Association and RDC and Central Bureau Mobility Information.
The traditional bank branch will disappear altogether. Banks will probably keep 20 to 30 offices, but these will have a very different character than the current branches.
The unions have rejected the Netherlands Association of Hospitals' (NVZ) final offer for a new collective agreement for hospitals. The unions announced this on Tuesday. They are now preparing for actions.
From today it is no longer possible to pay with a chipknip. The Payments Association Netherlands thinks that not many people will be sad about this.
Klaas Knot, president of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), is against European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi's plans to turn on the money printing press. He also thinks that the Netherlands should further reduce mortgage tax credit.