A dream of free shopping at Christmas is a reality in Italy as the country’s senate approved the final stages of Prime Minister, Mario Monti’s 33-billion-euro austerity package.
Some supermarkets are allowing families to stock up for the festive season for free. To be eligible, shoppers have to prove they are supporting a family and are struggling financially.
“The crisis is very deep. There is so much of it. With all that the government is doing, all the austerity measures, it is almost impossible for us to survive,” said one shopper, Claudio Sordino, who is unemployed.
Consumer confidence has plummeted according to fresh figures released for December by the country’s national statistics bureau, ISTAT.
A survey conducted showed the confidence index fell to 91.6. The drop say the bureau is due to widespread pessimism which is focused particularly on short term expectations.