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Slovakia becoming a nation of shoppers

ALMOST 50 percent of Slovaks spend the largest portion of their income at the shops.

This is about 10 percent more than Slovkia’s neighbours in Hungary and the Czech Republic, according to a survey by the ACNielsen agency, the daily SME reported.

And Slovakia has the shops to do the shopping. Of the Visegrad four countries only the Czech Republic has more hypermarkets per million people, 16 compared with Slovakia’s 14.

However, there are far fewer discount stores in Slovakia than its Visegrad four neighbours. There are only 7 discount stores for every one million people in this country while in Hungary there are 38, in the Czech Republic 34 and in Poland 21.

Slovakia is the only country in the region where for a majority of products people put price among the most important criteria.

Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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