Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Economic crisis keeping most Italians home New Year's Eve

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Rome, December 28 - As many as 82% of Italians
surveyed say they will celebrate New Year's Eve at home this
year due to the economic crisis, according to a report released
Friday.
They will be cutting costs by at least 3% compared with
spending last New Year's Eve, according to the survey by
Confeserecenti, a leading business association.
For only 6% of respondents, December 31 means dinner out at
a restaurant, up from the 2% last year who planned a night out
on the town.
Wherever they celebrate, as many as 90 million bottles of
spumante, the Italian bubbly wine of choice, will be consumed
this year - the same amount reported for last New Year's Eve.
That figure was released by the Italian Farmers
Confederation (CIA), which also urges celebrants to remember to
recycle their corks.
The CIA says that families are tightening their belts this
year, buying cheaper wine labels and keeping costs within an
average of five euros to 10 euros per bottle.
It estimates that total wine spending between Christmas and
January 6, the festival of Epiphany, will total about 697
million euros.
Most popular will once again be sweet sparkling wine, or
spumante, likely accounting for about 59% of wine consumed;
followed by about 36% of drinkers opting for dry wines.
Only about 5% of Italians choose French champagne for New
Year's Eve.

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