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Retail last week: Comment from 4 retailers on Saturday 24/08/2019

Published: 26th Aug 2019
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

"This last week has been pretty tough, but July and the first 2 weeks of August were good, which is normally the case. Our winter sale is the last week of July and the first week of August, but generally the momentum carries through to the end of August. We'll have to see whether it picks up next week again. May and June were tough, and some departments battled more than others." - Marko Thiart, audio visual buyer and floor manager, Friedman & Cohen, Cape Town, W Cape, SA. Department store, 1 store, apparel, men's and women's footwear, home textiles, and other departments.

"The first 4 days were a bit slow. Friday and Saturday have been quite good. The first week of the month was fine, but then it slowed until this weekend. The year so far has been down on last year." - Yogesh Narotam, member, Friends, Rustenburg, NW Province, SA. Independent, 1 store, men's outfitter and men's and women's footwear.

"Only the first week of the month is good - that's the trend now. By the third week - this week - it's terrible because people have run out of money. The cost of living has become very high, and there's not much left over for footwear and clothing. There's no sign that the economy will improve anytime soon." - Kiran Govan, proprietor, Gaaman Outfitters, Durban, KZN, SA. Independent, 1 store, men's outfitter.

"It's been a bit slow. I expect it to be better next week, with month end. The year overall has been down on last year." - Ahmed Gattas, Gattas Trading Store, Pretoria, Gauteng, SA. Independent, 1 store, workwear and safety footwear specialist.

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