Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The year’s biggest petrol price hike of nearly VNĐ1,000 (4.5 cents) early last week, coupled with unfavourable weather conditions, have triggered worries of price hikes of transportation and goods ahead of the Lunar New Year celebration (Tết).
The traditional holiday will fall on the last end-week of January and shopping demand is already on the rise by around 10 per cent compared to other months.
Preparations have been made to meet the rising demand for goods and services, stabilise prices and prevent price increases. Still, experts forecast that prices, especially of essential goods, will rise starting next week.
According to Vũ Vinh Phú, President of the Hà Nội Supermarket Association, petrol price hikes would definitely affect other prices, but it would normally take around 15 days to see the impact.
Phú forecast that prices of goods and services would be pushed up by around 5-7 per cent. However, just a modest part of the increases was caused by petrol price hikes.
In local markets, products such as meat, fruits and vegetables have already registered price increases of 10 to 50 per cent.
A trader at Bình Điền wholesale market in HCM City said that there was a scarcity of vegetables and fruits due to unfavourable weather conditions in the central region and Đà Lạt.
According to Nguyễn Văn Thanh, president of Việt Nam Automobile Transport Association, although petrol prices were hiked, transport costs are not adjusted immediately as firms need to calculate the impact. “However, the pressure is there,” Thanh added.
The HCM City Market Watch said petrol price hikes would definitely affect the price of many goods and services. However, prices of essential goods will be kept stable.
Major cities such as Hà Nội and HCM City were gearing up for the Tết holiday.
In HCM City, firms prepared a total of VNĐ17 trillion (US$759 million) of goods, 20 per cent higher than the city authority’s plan.
In Hà Nội, VNĐ23.5 trillion of goods were prepared, rising by 10 per cent over the previous year.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade also asked retailers nationwide to ensure adequate goods for the holiday. — VNS