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Croatia's citizens are likely to spend 11.5 billion kuna during December, which will be by 0.5 billion kuna more than last December, according to estimates made by Tomislava Ravlic of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK). 

Broken down by types of goods and products bought during the holiday spending and shopping sprees in December, the top products at this list are food, notably pork and turkey meat as well as smoked and cured meat, ingredients for homemade cakes and pies, beverages, toys, books, IT equipment, and Christmas decorations and ornaments, Ravlic said at a news conference in Zagreb on Sunday.

She called on Croatians to give a priority to domestic products and commodities explaining that only a five-percent increase in the purchase of Croatian products would have a positive effect on the national economy.

Another HGK official, Ema Culi, recalled that retail sales had been increasing for 14 months in a row. She said that optimism of consumers could be reflected in rebounding spending.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.6)

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