Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Six out of 10 Italians cut spending on food

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 26 - Hard economic times in Italy
have induced six out of ten Italians to cut spending on
foodstuffs - even staples like milk and oil - and to pay
particularly close attention to prices they find as they fill
their shopping carts.
A study by the farmers' association Coldiretti found that
61% of Italians have consciously sought to slash their grocery
bills recently.
Purchases of milk, oil and fish have declined 7%, 5% and 4%
respectively over last year, while spending on fruit, pasta and
beef has dropped 1%.
Big retail hypermarkets and supermarkets suffered
respective sales falls of 3.1% and 1.1% and even discount food
stores saw their sales fall 0.1%.
The spending drop at discount stores is seen as
particularly alarming as it may mean the poor are having to
sacrifice on the quality of their nourishment.
Researchers found surprising growth, however, in
alternative sales channels, like door-to-door ethical and
organic food groups or direct sales from local farms.
Direct sales from food producers increased 23% over last
year, researchers found.
For its study, Coldiretti worked on data provided by the
Italian statistics agency Istat.

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