Merchants: the sales now are better than last year
SD. The president of the National Organization of Commercial Enterprises (ONEC), Ernesto Martinez, reported that commerce in the Dominican Republic began to energize itself last 28 November with the celebration of Black Friday, and that it has picked up even more, after the government started the payment of the Christmas bonus.
“The reports that we have say that the sales are very good and better than last year. With the beginning of the payment of the Christmas bonus, which the government started a little bit earlier and with the payment of all of the Christmas bonuses by the private sector, the economic activity for Christmas has been at its highest point over these last few days,” said Martinez.
The business leader explained that this year is ending better than 2013, and that the perspectives for 2015 also look better, so that he feels that this situation stimulates consumers a little more to make more purchases, because they feel more optimistic about the performance the economy will have from now on.
The supermarkets and stores of the city on Tuesday were crowded with people buying food for the Christmas Eve dinner and clothes for the holiday parties.
Altagracia Diaz went to a supermarket together with her husband to buy grapes, apples, turron/Apple Honey crunch, and everything necessary for today’s dinner, which will be a pork leg, potato salad, pastelitos, pastels en hoja and rice. The lady felt that this year there are more specials on the Christmas products, and that there is a much larger offer. Altagracia’s children live in the United States, and they will spend the evening with their mother, who is 95.
Maria Elena Del Castillo, a housewife in the Libertador sector of Herrera, will make salad,, telera bread, chicken and soft drinks. “Those of us who are poor, this is what we can do,” she said as she left a supermarket.
Giancarlo Tejada, a student from the Los Rios sector, was with his grandmother and his brother to buy telera bread, pork, potatoes, onions and coffee; “which is never left missing” to celebrate this day. At night, they will eat in family with one of Giancarlo’s sisters.
At another shopping center there was Derlin Acosta, from the San Jeronimo sector, buying clothes and toys for his daughter and other articles. “You buy everything these days,” he said.
Eight persons will have dinner in his house, with baked chicken, Russian salad, pastelitos, pastels en hoja, Christmas rice and roasted pork.
The Olé will also take on the ITBIS
Regarding the increase of 2% that will be applied in the Tax on the Transfer of Industrialized Goods and Services (ITBIS) starting 1 January 2015 to some of the products in the basic food basket, among which chocolate, sugar and coffee stand out, Ernesto Martinez, reported that several shopping centers will absorb the increase of this tax during the month of January, but he said that until now only the Ramos Group and the Olé Hypermarkets have confirmed this.
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