Shopekeepers Hope For A Winter Sales Boost

ANDALUCIAN shopkeepers hope to take €225 million during the winter sales.

According to the Andalucian Business Confederation, discounts of between 50 and 70 per cent should attract shoppers and persuade them to open their purses and wallets.

And that, they hope will make up for the poor results of recent months.

The best offers will be on clothing, which represents 75 per cent of items available in the sales and which sell most in the first two weeks of the campaign.

The average Andalucian will spend €80 in the sales, six per cent less than last year.

The items which sell most are clothes (75 per cent) and accessories (10 per cent), followed by technological and household goods.

Thirty-four per cent of shoppers in Malaga estimate they will spend between €50 and €70 according to the Malaga Business Federation, while 32 per cent aim to spend between €30 and €50, and 15 per cent between €70 and €90.

Fifty per cent of shopkeepers think the sales will be “acceptable”, 32 per cent think they will be “bad” and only six per cent say they will be “good.” Only 24 per cent of businesses in Malaga began their sales before January 7, the official date in Andalucia.

Last year, Malaga shopkeepers took €55 million during the sales.

This year, throughout Spain, taking of between €3.5 and €3.6 billion are expected, which is almost four per cent less than last year. The average Spaniard plans to spend €80 in the sales, 11.1 per cent less than last year. Only 17 per cent plan to spend more than last year. 

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