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Retail last week: Comment from 4 retailers on Saturday 10/08/2019

Published: 12th Aug 2019
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

"Thursday and Friday were quite good, today has been fairly quiet. Month end and beginning of the month are generally okay, but it's no more like it was. I've introduced hair braids and cosmetics to the business, and they are doing well." - Shehnaz Desai, manager, Fashion Feet, KwaDukuza, KZN, SA. Independent, 1 store, mainly women's budget footwear.

"It picked up on Thursday afternoon, but the rest of the week has been quiet. We did well during the school holidays, but since then it's been quiet." - Muhammed Omar, director, Fashion Square, Durban, KZN, SA. Independent, 1 store, budget family outfitter.

"The weekend has been quiet. People here like to go away for long weekends. But I'm sure it will pick up again around the 15th and the 25th, when people get paid." - Camara Amadou, member, Fashion Wear, Pretoria, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 1 store, men's and women's boutique.

"August is normally not a good month because of the change of season. As for the long weekend, what we've noticed is that when a public holiday makes a long weekend, people go away and there's very little business. I've had this business for 4 years, and previously I was open as often as I could be, because you can't sell if you're not open and if you don't have stock. This weekend I didn't open on Friday, only on Saturday, and it wasn't busy. As for the future, nothing seems to be happening from the government that we can see, so these are scary times. We'll just have to wait and see." - Marlan Naicker, member, Featherby's for Shoes, East London, E Cape, SA. Independent, 1 store, women's footwear specialist.

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