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Qataris are the UK's biggest pre-Christmas spending nation with $2,570 average spend

Qataris are the UK's biggest pre-Christmas spending nation with $2,570 average spend

A new report by Golden Blue


Shops in the UK are being filled with Qatari money, according to Global Blue, which stated consumers from the Middle Eastern country spent the most in the lead up to December

This week, in a new report by Global Blue – which introduced 'Tax Free Shopping' and offers services to retailers and travelling shoppers – Qatari shoppers were declared to have spent "an astonishingly high" average spend of $2,570 per transaction this past November.

The report said Qatar is the only nation to post double-digit growth during November (10 percent year-on-year), with the average spend per buy 34 percent higher compared to 2013. "It has set its place as the leader of international spend growth for the season," the report said.

Gordon Clark, UK country manager at Global Blue, explained, "While these shoppers do not celebrate Christmas, luxury accessories and fashion still top shopping lists, and they are drawn by the exclusive ranges retailers offer for the season. Tax free shopping, more than ever, has become an integral part of the Christmas strategy for retailers."

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