Christmas gift shopping in France - statistics & facts
The holiday season in France is the start of a race against time to find the right gift idea and go shopping. In 2020, this task was made even more challenging by the COVID-19 health crisis, as many stores were not considered "essential" by the French government and therefore closed during lockdown.
Sales affected by lockdown
The effects of the health crisis on Christmas purchases were visible in most European countries and around the world. The pandemic has indeed led to a decrease in net spending intentions, and in France, 44 percent of the population intended to spend less than the previous year during the same time.
Retail sales over the Christmas period were also expected to drop as a result of the lockdown measures, and compared to previous forecasts, France was expected to spend almost 12 billion British pounds less than originally planned.
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