Swiss set to shop abroad for Christmas gifts
Meritxell Mir · 8 Dec 2011, 11:31
Published: 08 Dec 2011 17:10 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Dec 2011 11:31 GMT+01:00
The advantageous franc-euro exchange rate means the Swiss will shop more cheaply this Christmas, according to a survey by consulting company Deloitte.
A total of 56 percent of the population will do at least part of their shopping in neighbouring European countries, a 12 percent rise from 2010.
Online purchases are also gaining in popularity, with about half of those surveyed saying they will buy gifts over the internet. This is an increase of 36 percent compared to last year.
Books, travel and money are the most popular gifts in Switzerland, with perfume, chocolate and vouchers also among the country's favourite presents.
With food and social events added to the Christmas budget, the Swiss are expected to spend an average of 1,038 francs ($1,123) per person, only three more than in 2010.