Retailers show little interest in fireworks
Reports indicate that fewer retailers are interested in selling fireworks this year. According to sources, less than 150 retailers have requested a permit to sell fireworks in the capital. The situation is reportedly the same in the other districts because of the precarious state of the economy. The import of fireworks has also dropped drastically. The offices of the district commissioners in Paramaribo each receive about 150 requests for permits every year. But this year there has been a clear drop in the number of requests. Reports indicate that a little over 70 requests were handed in at the Paramaribo North-East DC’s Office. The DC of Paramaribo South-West, Mike Nerkust, has reportedly received about 70 requests. Retailers pointed out that they are not convinced that people will buy lots of fireworks this year. They expect that people will spend their money on food products instead of firecrackers. Retailers in other districts pointed out that they have noticed that their customers think twice before spending their money.