Prices Escalate

Fijian Competitions and Consumer Commission officers Waisiki Loco (right) and Isimeli Vulagi inspect the prices of household items at one of the supermarkets in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

ITEMS under price control have been increased by traders in the Western Division in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni.

This was a concern raised by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission during their inspections of businesses in the region this week.

FCCC acting CEO Seymour Singh said post natural disasters, businesses have been noted to be increasing their prices considerably.

“This may be done for recovery of losses and/or shortage of supply,” he said.

“Members of the public have often voiced their concerns regarding price increase after flooding, cyclones or hurricanes.”

“FCCC is particularly concerned with the prices of items under price control, as they should not be increased without proper authorisation.”