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Italy's Xmas food spending down 8%, says farmers' group

Italians invested 2.3 billion euros in food and drink

26 December, 15:49
Italy's Xmas food spending down 8%, says farmers' group (ANSA) - Rome, December 26 - Italians spent 2.3 billion euros on food and drink for their traditional Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch, national farmers' association Coldiretti said Thursday.

The association said this was 8% down on the amount they spent last year.

Italy is struggling to return to positive growth after its longest recession since World War II.

Coldiretti said the economic crisis had led consumers to "make savings in spending, contain waste and make more careful choices" regarding their festive meals. Coldiretti said 92% of Italians spent Christmas at home with family of friends.

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