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Lidl & Nielsen: British women among the most likely to find Christmas stressful

British women are among the most likely to find Christmas stressful according to a 25-country study by Lidl and Nielsen on roles around Christmas. It includes sales data showing December’s grocery bill is 20% higher than the rest of the year, we make 6% more trips and which products see the biggest uplift in sales due to Christmas

Women in Britain are among the most likely in Europe to associate Christmas with stress, according to a 25-country study by Lidl and Nielsen on men and women’s attitudes and roles around Christmas.

Over six-in-10 (61%) British women say Christmas means stress – only women in three countries find it more stressful (Sweden, Slovakia and the Czech Republic). This compares to 54% of British men.

In all 25 countries, except Switzerland, women find Christmas more stressful than men.

Christmas preparations and planning are still done mostly by women: 66% said they organise the Christmas food, 75% buy the gifts while 78% take care of the Christmas decorations, including dressing the tree.

“As a retail company active in 30 countries, Lidl wanted to ask shoppers what is important to them at Christmas, what makes them feel stressed, and where they could use some help”, says Mike Watkins, Nielsen’s UK head of retailer and business insight“Indeed, retailers have a major role to play in helping reduce stress levels around Christmas as purchasing is such a major part of it. Consequently, advertising and services that tap into this often-unspoken aspect are likely to resonate strongly with people.”

The cost of Christmas is unlikely to help stress levels. Nielsen Homescan data reveals the typical December grocery shopping bill is 20% higher (£371) than the average bill across the 11 other months, while the number of shopping trips increases 6%.

Christmas is obviously good news for retailers and brands. Alcohol sees the biggest increase in spend (62%) in December compared to the average month, followed by confectionery (up 33%) and Health & Beauty (up 20%).

How December salescompare to rest of year

Although total grocery sales in December are 20% higher than the average month, online grocery sales only rise 6%. Watkins notes this may look low in comparison but the differential is “more about the surge in sales that the larger out-of-town stores see in December, particularly people buying fresh produce in the final few days before Christmas.”