Germans eating out less

16th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2004, WIESBADEN - Germans are eating out less, according to government statistics Monday that point to a 4.5 percent slump in sales at restaurants and bars over the past year. From the elegant cafes serving pastries to trendy bars, the story has been the same: customers drop in less often, order smaller servings and grumble about the high price of the drinks. The Federal Statistics Office's figures for the first six months of this year were calculated to eliminate the effects of inflation since t

16 August 2004

WIESBADEN - Germans are eating out less, according to government statistics Monday that point to a 4.5 percent slump in sales at restaurants and bars over the past year.

From the elegant cafes serving pastries to trendy bars, the story has been the same: customers drop in less often, order smaller servings and grumble about the high price of the drinks.

The Federal Statistics Office's figures for the first six months of this year were calculated to eliminate the effects of inflation since the matching period a year ago.

Sales in June were down a drastic 7.1 percent from June a year ago, but caterers said that was partly because summer rain made beer-gardens, pavement cafes and restaurant terraces less attractive.

Media reports blame the slump in leisure spending on both unemployment and widespread fears of lay- offs as well as a widespread perception that eating out is expensive.

Statisticians have confirmed that there were sharp increases in food and drink prices all over the country at the start of 2002, when restaurants and bars reprinted their menus during the conversion from the Deutschmark to the euro.

DPA

Subject: German news

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