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More money spent in restaurants

The Swiss spent SFr19 billion ($19 billion) on food and drink in restaurants, cafes and bars last year.

This content was published on April 16, 2008 - 14:02

This was 13 per cent more than in 2006, said GastroSuisse, the umbrella organisation representing the catering industry.

The Swiss developed a greater appetite for fast food restaurants and take aways in 2007. GastroSuisse said the increase was led by women and young people.

Traditional restaurants saw a decline in customers last year but those who did book tables spent more than in 2006. The market share of these establishments dropped from 36.5 to 35.4 per cent while that of fast food outlets rose from 18.7 to 21 per cent.

The catering industry and small hotels represented by GastroSuisse generate average annual turnover of around SFr24 billion.

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