While the border shops in and close to Scandinavia are doing a roaring trade, the cross channel shopping is in decline, if we are to believe the Guardian (and why shouldn’t we?).
The megashops in Calais are mostly empty, and one of the owners gives three reasons why:
- the weakness of the pound has sent the cost of buying booze (and everything else) in Europe soaring
- the recession means Britons are generally less willing to spend what they’ve got
- UK supermarkets, scrapping for every shred of business, have slashed their own prices, offering beer for almost nothing and three bottles of wine for a tenner.