Brussels households spend 5.5 billion euros annually in retail

Brussels households spend 5.5 billion euros annually in retail

Brussels households spend nearly 5.5 billion euros annually in the retail trade, of which 3 billion for consumer goods, Brussels Enterprise Accompaniment Agency (hub.brussels) revealed today in a study. The Brussels-Capital Region totals 542,000 households. Each household spends on average 9,200 euros on retail goods per year. For everyday necessities, Brussels households prefer buying close to home, especially in privileged neighbourhoods such as Auderghem Centre (4.5%), Jette Centre (3.6%) and Uccle Centre (3.2%). Brussels households spend each year 1.5 billion euros on lightweight semi-everyday purchases such as clothing, shoes, books…

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Foreign minister calls for end of arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Foreign minister calls for end of arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Federal minister for foreign affairs Didier Reynders has called on the regional government of Wallonia to suspend all arms sales to Saudi Arabia, following the revelation that the arms were used in the civil combat in Yemen, in breach of an agreement allowing the export. The arms were sold by two companies based in Wallonia – Mecar in Nivelles and FN Herstal in Herstal – and a licence for export granted on condition the weapons and munitions involved would only be deployed within Saudi Arabia itself. However as The Brussels…

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Europeans feel threatened by rise of populism

Europeans feel threatened by rise of populism

Close to 43% Europeans believe that the rise of populist parties threatens the functioning of the European Union, according to YouGov survey conducted for the Leading European Newspaper Alliance (LENA). The survey results were published today, less than two weeks before the European elections. This strong majority is exactly the same if you only consider Belgium. Respondents in Germany (56%) and Sweden (48%) are the most anxious. Unlike Hungary (33%) and Italy (36%). According to the survey, half of voting age Europeans (49%) consider the 26 May elections to be…

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