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After-Christmas sales slow in PoS

By Rickie Ramdass

IN stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of downtown Port of Spain in the days leading up to Christmas, the capital city yesterday saw a lack of activity in terms of after-Christmas sales, leaving some vendors to describe the season as one of the worst ever.
The usually busy Charlotte Street was free of vehicular and pedestrian traffic for most of yesterday, with the majority of stores also remaining closed.
For those that were opened, there was a slow stream of potential customers but most of them left without purchasing any items, some store owners reported.
Lined along the street were tarpaulin-covered boxes and tables containing various items, from clothing and toys to fireworks and curtain rods, among other things.
One roadside vendor who did not give her name said, unlike previous years, sales for her were at an all-time low.
She said it was expected that shoppers would have wanted to take advantage of Boxing Day sales, but this did not take place.
“Look at the amount of mats they (other vendors) packing up and going back home with. I feeling real sorry for them. This was one of the worst Christmas ever,” she said.
On lower Frederick Street, the situation remained the same. Clothes vendors displayed their products on the doorways of closed stores without many customers.
However, at the corner of Frederick Street and Independence Square, one man operating a toy stall said sales this year were not all that bad as he said he had a steady stream of customers.
“Not everybody is buying, but people are in and out all the time. Some of them are still not certain what they are looking for but things are picking up this evening (yesterday),” he said. —See Page 27
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