Dutch retail purchasing and distribution group Euretco is to shut its Bilcon department store in Leeuwarden with the loss of 14 jobs.

Director Ferry den Hoed said the company would also merge its 15 For Sale department stores with those of Jeans Centre from the beginning of February 2002.

Euretco recorded a turnover of 520m euro ($464m) in the first six months of 2001 against 497m euro ($443m) for the same period in 2000.