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According to Sberbank, in Q2 2019, Russians spent on food 38.9% of their income (38.2% in Q2 2018). Other expenses: utility - 15.2%, clothing - 9.7%, medical services - 6.6%, payment of interest on loans - 6.6%, household goods - 5.7%, leisure - 4.8%. The share of respondents without savings increased from 41% to 43%. In 2018, according to BrandMonitor, the annual turnover of the shadow segment of the luxury goods market in Russia reached about 4.4 billion USD, while the legal segment is estimated at 3.9 billion USD. Most often, customers purchase fake T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, and handbags. This trend will continue. In Q1 2019, real income of Russians decreased by 2.3% year-on-year. In 2018, the largest number of births were in Moscow (132.1 thousand), Moscow Oblast (83), Krasnodar Krai (64.5), St. Petersburg (64), and Tyumen Oblast (50). The birth rate leaders: Chechnya (20.7 per 1,000 population), Tuva (20.2), Ingushetia (16.3). The mortality leaders: Pskov Oblast (17.2), Tver Oblast (16.8), Tula Oblast (16.2). In total, 1.6 million people were born and 1.8 million died. In Q4 2018, according to Rosstat, 48.2% of households in Russia had enough money only for food and clothing, but not for durable goods (home appliances, consumer electronics, furniture). The largest percentage is among young families (59.2%) and families consisting only of unemployed pensioners (57.9%). In Q1 2019, according to The World Gold Council, Russia was the world's largest buyer of gold (55.3 tons). The total gold reserves reached 2168.3 tons, which is 18% of all Russian reserves. The country reduces dependence on the US dollar in case of new sanctions. More notes from Russia »
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