Foreigners make record purchases in Poland: report
PR dla Zagranicy
Foreigners spent a record PLN 12.4 billion (EUR 2.9 bn, USD 3.2 bn) in Poland in the third quarter of 2018, a daily reported, citing data by the country's Central Statistical Office (GUS).
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Meanwhile, the expenditure of non-Polish nationals from January to September reached PLN 33.4 bn, growing from PLN 32 bn in the same period last year, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported.
The daily said: “This means that the Sunday trading ban has had no adverse effect on border trade.”
Under a law introduced earlier this year, trade was banned in Poland on two Sundays each month in 2018. The ban will be stepped up to three Sundays a month in 2019, while in 2020 trading will be prohibited on all Sundays except seven, including those in the run-up to Christmas and Easter.
Germans spent PLN 4.7 bn in Poland in the third quarter of this year, accounting for more than a third of all expenditures made by foreigners during those three months. Ukrainians spent PLN 2 bn.
The average consumer from Ukraine made purchases reaching PLN 734 in total, well above the PLN 511 median for Poland’s neighbours. Germans spent PLN 480 on average.
Source: Gazeta Wyborcza, GUS