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Retail last week: Comment from 5 retailers on Saturday 13/07/2019

Published: 15th Jul 2019
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

"It's quiet at the moment. People come in and take a look, but aren't buying much. Maybe it's the time of month. It's more-or-less the same as last year." - David Novos, manager, Economic Shoe Store, Paarl, W Cape, SA. Independent, 1 store, family footwear.

"The week overall has been quiet, but there has been a sudden burst of business this morning. Overall the month hasn't been too bad." - Shireen Ebrahim, director, Economics of Glencoe, Glencoe, KZN, SA. Independent, 1 store, family outfitter.

"Back-to-school is a quiet period for us, so this week has been quiet. The first quarter of the year was definitely slow, and April and May weren't great. June was better than last year, and July will depend on how school holidays fall - we do much better during the holidays." - Mubeen Dhorat, national manager, Eddie's Family Clothing, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, SA. Independent, 4 stores, family outfitter.

"The week started off with a bang because of back-to-school, then tapered off. We're basically on a par with last year so far, and looking forward to Black Friday, Christmas trading and back-to-school again in January. Matatiele has grown a lot, and many of the chains are here, so we've had to up our game, but it's a really lovely place." - Gerald Robins, buyer, Elegant Man, Matatiele, E Cape, SA. Mini-chain, 5 stores, family and school outfitter and sportswear and equipment.

"This week has been terrible, and the month as a whole has been quieter than the rest of the year. I've no idea why - normally I'm very busy on a Friday, but not this week. It's very unpredictable - sometimes I'm busy at month end, sometimes in the middle of the month, but this week, maybe people are fed up or hibernating or something." - Deborah Fontes, director, Elements Boutique, Johannesburg, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 1 store, women's boutique, men's accessories, and vaping accessories.

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