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Retailers welcome end of daylight saving

Mere Naleba
Sunday, January 20, 2013

The business community in the country is now welcoming the end of the daylight saving stating that it has been a good business year for some business people while others were adversely affected by it.

Fiji Retailers Association president Himmat Lodhia said the switch in time that was scheduled to take place this morning at 3am will not be much of a hassle for majority of the business community.

"The daylight saving had its own advantages and disadvantages. Normally for those people working in shops that operate in the day time, they did not get to spend quality time with their families, but now that we will be switching an hour back they will be able to go home early," he said.

Mr Lodhia said the daylight saving that began at 2am on October 21 last year was a reasonable break for some businesses because it allowed them to earn extra money, while extending their opening hours.

"Some business found it inconvenient because it meant closing their outlets early, but generally it has been a good season for most outlets during the daylight saving period." The daylight saving has today come to an end with members of the public advised to turn their time back by an hour at 3am today.