Theft costs Dutch shops one billion

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Dutch shops lost turnover worth 1.26 billion euros last year, due to theft by shoplifters or their own personnel or because of mistakes. The figures for 43 countries were published on Tuesday in the .

The losses to the Dutch retail trade were up 6.6 percent on the previous 12 months. The figure is the equivalent to 208.45 euros per Dutch household, considerably more than the European average of 150.33 euros.

Over the last year, shoplifters were responsible for 633 million euros’ worth of losses, theft by shop staff accounted for 370 million euros shortfall and mistakes cost businesses a further 258 million.


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