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01 July 2009 @ 08:43 pm
Wining and dining still popular in downturn  

(MASTERCARD, PERCENT, PEOPLE, PACIFIC, AFRICA, SPENDING)


By Miral Fahmy SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - The economic downturn appears to go down better with a meal and a glass of wine, with a survey showing consumers outside Europe and the United States do not intend to cut back on dining out and having fun. The poll, conducted by MasterCard and released on Wednesday, said nearly 70 percent of people surveyed in 21 countries in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa see dining and entertainment to be their top spending priority in the next six months. Fashion and accessories, fitness and wellness, children`s extra-curricular education and electronic g... read more