Norwegian stores register record Christmas shopping start

Christmas shoppingPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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Norwegians shopped 18.8% more in week 47 compared to the same time last year, preliminary results from Christmas shopping at shopping centers show.

“This is a result of the enormous values ​​we see from the temporary border trade stop… and Norwegians acting responsibly by starting Christmas shopping early,” Harald Jachwitz Andersen, director of Virke Handel, noted.

The preliminary results from Virke’s Christmas shopping statistics, prepared by Kvarud Analyze, show that the physical stores registered a total growth of 8% in the first three weeks of November.

“The results indicate we spend extra money this year on making our houses and homes cozy for Christmas,” Andersen said.

“Important”

On November 18, the Norwegian government asked people to get their shopping done as early as possible.

“We have a global pandemic for Christmas, so it is important to take precautions.

“I, therefore, recommend starting Christmas shopping early and making purchases at times when there are as few people as possible in the stores,” Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (V) said at the time.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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