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Daylight saving benefits a lot

Nasik Swami
Saturday, January 11, 2014

MEMBERS of the public will have to wind their clocks back by an hour when daylight saving ends on January 19.

Confirming this in an interview yesterday, Labour Minister Jone Usamate said while no proper analysis was carried out on the impact of daylight saving, the country had benefited a lot.

Mr Usamate said daylight saving provided the opportunity for people to do things that would not normally be done because of the time factor.

"It has provided more opportunities for our tourists — they have more daylight hours to do the things which they want to do including touring and shopping, so it had an impact on the economy in that sense," Mr Usamate said.

He said retailers also benefited.

"So anecdotally I think it has worked out well," he said.

Suva Retailers Association president Himmat Lodhia said daylight saving was good for retailers and workers as well.

Daylight saving came to into effect on October 27 last year.