Norwegians spent almost 130 billion kroner on Christmas shopping last year

Christmas giftsPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

For the second year in a row, Christmas shopping in Norway increased due to the pandemic. Norwegians spent almost NOK 130 billion on Christmas shopping in November and December of 2021.

“The corona pandemic continues to affect our economy and shopping patterns in several ways. We buy more goods when we spend a lot of time at home, many still have good personal finances and savings, and the trend of increased online shopping continues,” head of industry policy at Virke, Jarle Hammerstad, stated.

Preliminary figures from Virke show that Christmas shopping for 2021 increased by just over 2% from the previous year, ending at around NOK 128–129 billion. The trend from earlier in the pandemic – increased online shopping – continued in 2021. Cross-border trade also fell markedly when infection control measures were tightened again in December.

The preliminary results are based on shopping center figures from Kvarud Analysis, analyzes from Virke, and Statistics Norway’s figures for November.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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