Shoppers in the Netherlands spent 2.4 percent more on consumption goods this February than a year before, marking the largest increase in four years, reports Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Consumers particularly spent more on natural gas, clothing and home furnishing.
TomTom expects that the financial volume of orders to come from the automotive industry this year should be around 220 million euros. It is possible that the amount is even surpassed, the company’s CEO Harold Goddijn said on Friday during a shareholder meeting.
Scammers made an identical copy of the website that belongs to the electronics chain Dixon and placed thousands of advertisements on Marktplaats, leading an untold number of potential victims to the site. Though Tweakers.net says Marktplaats, an Ebay-owned trading website, blocked the fake seller, the dubious fake site is often still operational. It was down on Sunday morning.
The 39-year old Bart van U., suspected of murdering former Minister Els Borst, reported himself several times at the Rotterdam police station two weeks before the murder, AD writes. He asked for help and the police to put him away or "otherwise it is not going to end well".
A former police station on Warmoesstraat in Amsterdam could become a national police museum. Real estate company NV Zeedijk wants to buy the property and turn the notorious police station into a tourist attraction, ANP reported on Friday.
Celebrants selling their wares across the Netherlands on King's Day are expected to earn a total of 330 million euros, ING analysts stated on Friday. Over a quarter of the nation's adults are planning to sell used items this year, and are expected to make 92 euros on average per person.
ABN Amro and ING announced a decrease in their savings account interest rates on Friday. The Dutch banks will both drop their rate from one percent to 0.9 percent in the last week of April.
The defense and international security budget should be structurally increased by 1.5 billion euros in the next few years, according to a manifesto by a group of 38 former ministers and other former politicians and managers.
The court in the Hague has sentenced 16 year old Anthony D. to 20 months in youth detention and youth psychiatric care for stabbing his 15 year old classmate Wesley to death in October last year.
Police investigating the violent explosion of a Heerlen apartment building think part of the gas line leading to the building was stolen. The alleged theft is a possible cause of the incident, police announced Friday.
The Public Prosecutor will not prosecute organizations that use the figure of Zwarte Piet. According to the prosecutor, using the Zwarte Piet figure is not a punishable offense.
Former No Surrender outlaw motorcycle gang member Lau G. was found dead in his Vught cell Fiday morning less than 24 hours after receiving a lifetime prison sentence for a double murder. He was 53 years of age. The time of death was not announced.