A series of lockdowns and closures of schools, businesses, and the hospitality sector have caused the Grand Duchy's residents to alter their consumption habits over the past 18 months.

Statec has examined how consumer habits have changed as a result of Covid-19, with the greatest differences observed in cooking and eating habits. The nominal values used for the study have taken inflation into account.

Eating out vs meals at home

People have been more likely to cook meals at home, as a result of restaurants and bars being forced to shut their doors during lockdown periods. Food and drink expenses for home consumption rose by 23.1% in 2020, compared to 2019, while the average sum spent on restaurants, cafés, canteens and food deliveries has dropped by around 34%.

Luxembourg residents invested in small kitchen appliances over the last year, increasing their spend on such items by almost 60%.

The restaurant industry, meanwhile, has suffered huge losses as a result of the pandemic. In 2020, the average spend on restaurant meals dropped by 39.8%, while bars and cafés saw a reduction of 62.2%. Canteens in schools and offices also experienced a drop of 38%. In contrast, takeaway and delivery services saw an uptake of 24.4% in the average spend.

Getting around

Working from home and homeschooling also had an impact on consumer habits, with fuel expenses dropping by 18.6% in 2020.
People were also more likely to carry out home repairs themselves rather than employ individual services, spending 34% more on products, while maintenance and repair services dropped by 33.4%.

As for leisure activities, residents turned to hobbies and other home-based activities to replace sporting or cultural outings. The average spend for games, e-books, and musical instruments increased, while many people took to cycling in order to fulfil their daily exercise. The average spend on bicycles and related items jumped up to €634, compared to just €129 in 2019.

Cultural activities such as museums, theatres, concerts and sporting events, however, dropped almost €200 for the average spend in 2020.

Read the full report below (in French)