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Mixed Christmas sales in Tobago

By Elizabeth Williams <"We have seen shoppers who are spending a lot while others not so much. What must be taken into consideration is the fact that the majority of shoppers are smiling, and that is a good thing," Wong said. ><"What I want for Christmas, I think I already have it, and that is two things, one, Jesus and also a newborn baby that I just had and I think I deserve it," said Sobers of Government House Road. ><"I want to wish all Tobagonians love, God's blessings and prosperity for 2013 and God bless you," Mapp said. >

Business owners in Tobago have described this year's Christmas sales as average, while others said it was slow compared to last year.

Chairman of the Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce David Wong said sales this year have been mixed.

"We have seen shoppers who are spending a lot while others not so much. What must be taken into consideration is the fact that the majority of shoppers are smiling, and that is a good thing," Wong said.

Most last-minute shoppers the Express spoke to yesterday around Tobago said they wanted the best for the island, while children specified toys.

Lyndon Sobers was happy for his wife giving birth to their first child and for the birth of Jesus.

"What I want for Christmas, I think I already have it, and that is two things, one, Jesus and also a newborn baby that I just had and I think I deserve it," said Sobers of Government House Road.

But Marcelle Mapp was disheartened the true meaning of Christmas was being eroded. She told the Express she wished to see more decorations in and around Scarborough and was a bit disappointed with what she has observed.

"I want to wish all Tobagonians love, God's blessings and prosperity for 2013 and God bless you," Mapp said.

Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London, in offering Christmas greetings to Tobago, said it is time for sober reflection towards an exciting and enjoyable new year.

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