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Traders record roaring business ahead of Christmas

23 December 2014, 09:02 Obare Nyamota

Nakuru - Hordes of consumers continue to flood shopping malls and supermarkets to buy various items and avoid the last minute rush ahead of the Christmas festivities on Thursday.

A spot-check by News24 at various shopping outlets within Nakuru town and its environs revealed that prices of some commodities have been slashed to lure shoppers while others have been relatively increased as traders hope to cash in on the prevailing shopping mood.

Shopping points in the town like Tuskys, Ukwala, Uchumi, Woolmart, Gilanis, Naivas and the Westside mall are giving offers on selected products to woo customers.

However, prices of cooking oil, sugar, maize and wheat flour which are the most sought after commodities in supermarkets had not been reduced.

“Prices of essential household items have not been reduced despite the numerous Christmas offers by sellers,”said Alex Korir, a shopper.

The price of a 1 kilogramme sugar packet remained at KES 135, 2 kilogramme sugar packet at KES 270 while maize flour sold at KES 86 - KES 93 per 2 kilogramme packet. Wheat flour went for KES 120 - KES 135 depending on the supermarket.

However, those purchasing items like clothes got a reprieve as it was among the discounted items.

A spot-check across the streets revealed that most street vendors had lined up their commodities on strategic locations including the Central Business District since last weekend to cash in on the increased numbers of shoppers in town.

“There is a lot of stuff on various streets that have affected our prices,” said James Wangombe who operates a general shop for household items along Kenyatta Avenue.

Companies and business people who sell flowers and gift cards have not been left behind as they have come up with attractive offers to trap their customers.

Safaricom and its rivals also had attractive offers for handsets, tablets and laptops to attract buyers.

Bill boards have also been erected at various parts of the County announcing offers and discounts on a variety of products.

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