24 December 2012

Nigeria: A Day to Christmas Business Booms for Traders

As the yuletide gets closer, traders said there have been high patronage as customers troop in to buy items needed to make the season worthwhile.

At the Kado Fish Market where frozen food like turkey, chicken and fish of all kinds, kidney, prawn and gizards are sold in both wholesale and retail quantities, customers were seen in shops buying one or more of the listed items.

The sellers and their boys were also busy cleaning the scales of croaker fish and also cutting the fish, turkey and chicken into sizeable pieces.

Mrs. Janet Erameh said patronage has increased unlike before, adding that customers have been patronizing them.

She said though the prices of their stock have increased a little but customers are adapting to it.

"The increase in price is not much. Though customers are complaining but that hasn't stopped them from buying. It is not our fault because the cost of transporting the goods also increased," she said.

A carton of soft chicken which was sold for N7,000 before now sold for N7,500 while a carton of turkey now goes for between N7,300 and N7,500 as against N6,800 to N7,000.

The price of a carton of croaker fish has instead reduced to N10,500 from N10,800.

A buyer who was seen buying in large quantity said it has become normal for prices to increase whenever there is festivity even with those that have old stock. "They will always tell you the price has gone up where they buy from," the buyer said.

Umar Bello trades in live chicken, and he said the patronage is building up gradually. He said the price of local chicken which he used to sell for between N1,200 and N1,300 has increased to N1,700 and N1,800.

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