Shopping for the country’s biggest religious festival Eid-ul-Fitr, was sluggish in the capital on Friday, in the beginning of Ramadan.
“In the beginning of Ramadan people remain busy in buying iftar rather than shopping for Eid,” said, Shajedur Rahman, a trader of Chandni Chowk market.
He looked forward to have the market abuzz with customers on Friday and opined that the rush for Eid shopping would start after the fifth of Ramadan, which has been the traditional scenario.
Shoppers, mostly women and children were seen buying clothes of unique and latest designs and were asking the prices of goods at different shopping centres including Chandni Chowk, Chandrima market, Newmarket, Metro Shopping mall and Prince Plaza.
Panjabis, saris, three pieces, fatuas, baby items, shoes and jewelleries were on their priority list for Eid.
Although the shopping spree is yet to start, a range of products including foreign brands were put on display in different fashion houses and malls across the city.
Faruque Hossain, a seller of Metro Shopping Mall said: “Sales during the period in between Shab-e-Barat and 1st of Ramadan was much lower this year compared to the previous year.”
He pointed out the sudden increase in the number of shopping centres and boutique shops as a contributing factor behind the drop of sales per shop.
He also added: “There will be a rise of about 50% in the price of attires in the mall, but people hardly care about the increase in price when it comes to shopping for Eid”.
“People are yet to receive their wages and festival bonuses. I believe people will start spending for Eid after they start getting their bonuses. Prices of goods are almost the same as last year in my shop,” said Shaker Ullah, a seller at capital’s Newmarket.
According to Shaker, strikes and continuous downpour have been reasons for the sluggish rate in sale.