Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The price of goods for the upcoming Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday is expected to be stable as the prices of petrol and pork have declined in recent times.
Trade experts have said petrol and pork were the two main commodities directly impacting on the consumer price index. The petrol price recently fell for a fourth time this year, while pork was down to VNĐ45,000-50,000 per kilo. Pork is the most popular meat for Tết feasts.
Deputy Director of Hà Nội Industry and Trade Department Trần Thị Phương Lan said the total value of goods to be sold for the Tết holiday was estimated to hit VNĐ28.5 trillion (US$1.2 billion), up 10 per cent compared with that of last year. The goods include rice, meat, fruit, vegetables, alcohol and ornamental plants.
“The supply of clothes and electronic products will also push up because of increasing demand of people before solar and lunar New Year holidays. Meanwhile, businesses will launch many promotional programme to boost consumption,” Lan said.
She said businesses had prepared goods for the holidays at a 10-15 per cent increase compared with previous months, aiming to meet consumption demand but not have a surplus after Tết.
“There are dozens of businesses which have registered to join in Tết promotional programmes. Three credit organisations have pledged loans worth a total VNĐ2.7 trillion for businesses to stabilise prices during the holiday,” Lan said.
As one of the units designated by Hà Nội to participate in the price stabilisation programme and prepare goods for Tết, Hapro Group has prepared domestic products including rice from the southern province of Đồng Tháp, Chu Đậu pottery, Thăng Long wine, chưng green bean cake and imported products such as fruits, biscuits and candies and various nuts.
Mai Bích Liên, media representative of Hapro, did not disclose the value of goods prepared for Tết but said the group’s members had readied an amount worth its highest ever value for the holiday.
“If the price of petrol continues going down this year, Hapro will reduce the prices of goods properly for Tết,” said Liên. — VNS