Retailers report sluggish sales on last shopping day for 2017

Bridgetown retailers felt the pinch as shoppers kept their purses closed on Saturday, the last full shopping day before tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Despite the large numbers expected to turn out along the South and West Coasts for the final countdown to 2018, businesses have indicated that sales were not as plentiful.

Rasheeda Nightingale from Cheap and Sweet Boutique in Tudor Street told Barbados TODAY that sales throughout the week had been satisfactory, as a slow but steady flow of customers visited the clothing store to step into the New Year in style.

“Sales are okay but they are not like before,” said Nightingale who added that sales were fruitful during the island’s jubilee anniversary.

She revealed that persons shopped with their budget in mind and were selective with their purchases.

Nightingale attributed this change in spending to the economy, adding that due to the increase in the cost of living “a lot more people are not shopping like they normally would”.

Nevertheless, she was hopeful that a last cohort of shoppers on Sunday would be able to change the tide.

“It’s been a challenge . . . You do have some customers that do the last minute run around so we are hoping that things progress a lot,” she said.

A Gateway Mall store owner also shared similar sentiments that the holiday season had been relatively slow. The store owner who requested anonymity said “things are not like before, like one time . . . persons are just coming and picking up little things”.

Marcia Martindale of Martindale’s pointed out that the excitement and the fervour associated with Old Year’s Night was missing in Bridgetown.

“I’m not seeing the traffic and the energy that you feel over the years and I have been in business for almost 30 years and there has been a big difference this year,” lamented Martindale.

“A lot of people are saying they are wearing what they would have had before and make do with what they have,” she noted while indicating that persons were being cautious with their spending.

Meanwhile, manager of The Men’s Room, Rodney Alleyne informed Barbados TODAY that the males were coming out in their numbers to purchase the finishing touches to their suits even though they were not splurging.

“Different to years gone by, I think the guys have prepared earlier and so  you wouldn’t get as many suits being sold as years ago but majority of the guys have their suits already, they are just getting odds and ends like ties, shirts but the main part is already taken care of,” he explained.

Sherry-ann Bourne of Urban Vybz reported a hectic last lap with an outstanding number of sales throughout the day with males and females popping in throughout the course of the day. This was also due to the store hosting a Sip and Shop event. Bourne had high expectations for Sunday with late shoppers.

13 Responses to Retailers report sluggish sales on last shopping day for 2017

  1. jennifer December 31, 2017 at 10:26 am

    “A lot of people are saying they are wearing what they would have had before and make do with what they have,”

    good going

    • jennifer December 31, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Go to the hair and nail shops, and the supermarkets.

  2. seagul December 31, 2017 at 11:29 am

    A global economic collapse is certain. It’s simply a matter of time. It is intentional to consolidate power. People, hold on to your cash and don’t be fooled by these retailers that don’t give a RH about your survival….

    • jennifer December 31, 2017 at 11:54 am

      well said. We need to be like owls and ants.

  3. Jamjam Duran
    Jamjam Duran December 31, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    All the money get spend already what more u want?

    • Eleanor Maxine Harewood
      Eleanor Maxine Harewood December 31, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      i was saying the same thing , ppl spend up all their money fa christmas , now it all done lollll aha ha ha

    • Tracey Archer
      Tracey Archer December 31, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Ppl spent money on food and gifts..those were priority ….times hard

  4. Saga Boy December 31, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    BT interviews a few retailers and projects the findings into he entire retail population and concludes that sales were sluggest. Now people reading this article will mislead into feeling that the article is a true representation of what really occurred. Amazing.

  5. Belfast January 1, 2018 at 1:06 am

    These retailers are acting just like the ZR operators. They want to grab every single shopper off the street and jam pack them in their stores just to get the money out of their hands.
    And just like the Corned Beef importer who was crying about his loss of revenue during the Corned Beef Crisis.

  6. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 1, 2018 at 3:52 am

    People didn’t have much money this year. Too much TAXES.

  7. luther thorne January 1, 2018 at 3:54 am

    I am tired of the complaining from Businesses .

    Make all the profits all these yesrs. Own Houses Cars and possesions but still crying. Steupse !

  8. Kathy January 1, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I don’t know why people listen for the last eight years to these retailers crying about sluggish sales, yet all the doors still open. What is wrong with them is that the overwhelming amount of money they get at Christmas time they may not be getting and i say may because alot of them crying fowl because they have an agenda. Bajans don’t believe a word they say.

  9. sticks and stones January 1, 2018 at 9:37 am

    if these retailers were not so greedy the bottom line would have been better


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