Italians cut back their spending on Christmas … an exceptional year


Italians plan to cut spending on food and drink at family gatherings this Christmas by nearly a third, according to a published poll.

Citizens will cut their budgets by 31% compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the “IXE” institute commissioned by Coldiretti Association for Agriculture.

On average, Italian families plan to spend 82 euros ($ 100) on meals during the holidays, which is the lowest amount “in at least a decade,” Coldiretti said in a statement.

The association said that restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, including restrictions on travel, social mixing, and concerns about the economy, are the main reasons why people are planning more rationally this year.

Coldiretti said 800 adults were polled from December 4 to 9 in the poll, which has a margin of error of 5.3 percent.

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