Sugar imports to rise in August
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said the volume of sugar for sale in the past month increased by 150,000 tonnes compared to the same period last year. However, this year's sugar production output is forecast to be lower than what was targeted. Thus, Viet Nam will face a sugar shortage beginning in August this year and must re-import sugar.
Doan Xuan Hoa, deputy head of Agro-Forestry-Aquatic Product Trading, Processing and Salt Industry Department, said that by April 15, the factories' sugar volume in storage was 355,000 tonnes, a drop of 169,900 tonnes over the same period last year.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
More South Korean tourists visit this year
According to the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, the number of South Korean tourists to Viet Nam has surpassed the number of Russian tourists, with a record growth of 71 per cent in April and 49 per cent in four months.
Viet Nam has welcomed about 620,000 foreign visitors in April, an increase of more than 18 per cent over the same period last year.
This raised the total number of international tourists in the four-month period to more than 2.49 million.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Sales of household appliances plunge
The HCM City Electric and Household Appliances Centre said sale volume had fallen by 30-40 per cent in the first four months of this year compared to the same period last year.
Together with a reduction in sale volume, the prices have also dropped, especially for television and mobilephones.
In supermarkets, the sale volume for items has dropped by around 10 per cent. Businesses have worked with supermarkets to launch many promotions to stimulate demand and clear stock.
Lao Dong (Labour)