Traders happy businesses picking up

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  • Saturday, 30 Jun 2018

JOHOR BARU: Businesses are flourishing again and things are looking up for traders here.

At the Sutera Mall, Spiffy shoe store saw an increase in sales by 23% since early this month.

“There is no doubt that we have been getting more customers.

“We also see an increase of Singaporeans visiting our store since the 0% GST, especially on weekends,” said branch sales manager Chin Ke Sin.

Chin attributed the “tax holiday” for luring more visitors to spend.

V Vintage fashion outlet owner Edward Ngio said while the zero-rated GST was a good move, there was no drastic increase in sales.

“We have been absorbing the 6% GST before this, in order to retain a low price for our customers. At least now I do not have to shoulder the burden of the tax,” he said.

Ngio said the fashion industry was a competitive industry and that it was important to retain a low price to survive.

“Consumers stand to benefit with a variety of choice as we have to compete with other local and international retailers,” he said.

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