It's like that all over Europe. Recession, tighter budgets, unemployment, yet more and more people sit in shops and buy.
Here in Poland, you have Auchan, Carrefour, Real, Tesco, Kaufland, Lewiatan etc. as well as slightly lesser shops like Lidl, Biedronka, PoloMarket etc. and everytime you go to one to buy something, it is packed with people, overflowing with s*** to buy, yet everybody is bitching about crisis, inflation etc. yet everyone spends their whole weekends in f***ing shops!!! Consumerism has Europe by its balls.