Shop­pers look, but do not buy

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

the win­ter sales pe­riod, which was a work­ing day for most re­tail­ers, wit­nessed in­creased traf­fic at stores but with turnover no higher than any other work­ing day, ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Con­fed­er­a­tion of Greek Com­merce (ESEE), Vas­silis Korkidis. The fa­vor­able weather con­di­tions in most parts of the coun­try drew many peo­ple out of their homes to visit and walk around the shops, where they noted the high dis­count rates traders of­fer, but with dis­pos­able in­comes at such low lev­els at the mo­ment pur­chases were noth­ing no­table, shop­keep­ers said. Re­tail­ers ex­pect buy­ers to re­turn af­ter Jan­uary 27, when civil ser­vants and pen­sion­ers get paid for the month. ESEE es­ti­mates the to­tal turnover of the sales pe­riod that started last week and ends on Fe­bru­ary 28 to reach up to 5 bil­lion eu­ros, down from 5.5 bil­lion in the same pe­riod last year – i.e. a de­cline of 9-10 per­cent.

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