Sales of groceries and alcohol in Norway were 19% higher in 2021 than in 2019.
“This is due to both reduced cross-border trade as a result of travel restrictions and changed consumption patterns as a result of people having to be more at home.
“Fewer people have gone out to eat and drink and have rather spent money on food and drink in shops,” senior adviser Marius Bergh in Statistics Norway (SSB) noted.
The growth in turnover was greatest in areas close to the border with Sweden. Halden topped the list with a 46% increase, while turnover in Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg increased by 42%.
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