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Chamber remains optimistic

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, December 07, 2017

THE buying power in Labasa Town has to some extent slowed down following the closure of the crushing season.

But the Labasa Chamber of Commerce remains positive about this festive season that will strengthen the buying power.

Chamber president Satish Kumar said the current situation was normal.

"It happens every year after the crushing season ends because the expenses of canefarmers have obviously dropped with no buying of food for the cutters or the cutters not being paid now to spend in shops," he said.

"So it's a cycle and we experience this every year which has become a norm.

"However, we are encouraged knowing that the festive season will help us pick up financially and will strengthen the buying power as well."

With the approaching Christmas weekend, Mr Kumar said supermarkets were packed with customers and this was proof of good buying power this festive season.

Mr Kumar said it was also encouraging to see parents, particularly from villages buying stationery for their children.

"Some parents are also buying Christmas toys and we are very encouraged to see those who have already started buying stationery for their children," he said.

"It's good to see the attitude of people change in especially prioritising education for their children.

"We are also positive of a stronger 2018."

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