SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans ate out less in 2018 than a year earlier as they tightened their belt amid a weak economy, a poll showed Monday.
According to the survey of 3,014 people aged 20-69, South Koreans dined out an average of 20.8 times per month last year, compared with 21.8 times per month a year earlier.
Visits to restaurants came to 13.7 times per month, with delivered or takeout meals accounting for the remainder.
Average spending on eating out stood at 292,689 won (US$260.40) per month, about 11,000 won lower than last year.
The survey, conducted by the state-run Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp., also showed that South Koreans ate alone an average of 3.5 times per month while dining out.
South Korea’s consumer sentiment was weak in 2018 as the economy lost steam amid weak domestic demand, despite robust exports.