Britain took top position for the best place to shop in Europe, according to YouGov’s latest EuroTrack survey. The survey also tracked public opinion in the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.
Just one day before the findings, official figures showed double growth in the British economy since the start of the year. A YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) report found that since the beginning of 2010 consumer confidence in Britain is at its highest.
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Respondents were asked to select up to three European countries, 32 percent of whom chose the UK as the best place in Europe to visit for shopping, followed by Italy with 20 percent and France also with 20 percent. France, Italy and Spain were the top choices for holiday makers. When asked the best places in Europe to visit for nice weather, 56 percent said Spain, 44 percent said Greece and 32 percent said Italy.
For food, Italy came out on top with 48 percent, followed by France with 45 percent and Spain with 26 percent.
Spain was the top choice for ‘good fun, socializing and parties’, with 41 percent, followed by Greece with 18 percent and Italy with 16 percent.
According to the EuroTrack survey, Italy was chosen as the best place in Europe for sightseeing with 36 percent, France followed closely with 33 percent and the UK took third place with 25 percent.
Thirty-Five percent of respondents chose Spain as the best place in Europe to visit for learning a new language, the UK took second place with 28 percent and France placed third with 27 percent.
YouGov Director of Political and Social Research Joe Twyman said, “The fact that Europeans see the UK as the best place to visit for shopping could be another small bit of good economic news this week, which no doubt most Britons feel is long overdue. It also shows that Britain has a distinguishing factor advantage as a holiday destination, whereas Italy, France and Spain dominate in most other categories.” [BTN]