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Mauritius: Traders of the island fear that the upcoming legislative elections reduce their sales for Christmas

The stocks are already made in stores for the arrival of the festivities of the year end 2014.
Mauritian traders noticed that now consumers of the island make their purchases at the last minute because of the financial crisis impacting the local economy, while sales used to begin during about 10 December five years ago.
Professionals rely therefore on higher sales from December 20 because it is the peak season for purchases of all kinds and where employees perceive their 13th month salary in Mauritius.
This year 2014, sales may experience a sharp decline in purchases in the wake of the holding of early parliamentary elections that could be scheduled during December and encroach on the consumption habits of Mauritians especially if the election is fixed before the weekend of Christmas.
During election period and the approaches of election, Mauritians are used to stay home at night and not go out.
The sale of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited especially for 3 days during the elections, as reported by the Le Défi Quotidien newspaper.

Umee Ruhomally

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