Freetown’s Leading Stationery, office equipment and electronics merchants – Metro Stationery Store (MSS) have said “business has slowed down compared to before, because since the outbreak of the Ebola, business has become difficult every day.”
The MSS sales representative maintained that despite the seeming slow sales their management has no plans to shut down, as they don’t have branches elsewhere in the Country.
He disclosed that even though there is a huge drop in sales, prices of commodities are still the same.
The MSS sales executive opined that the drop in sales may be due to the fact that big companies are shutting down.
He lamented that we are in a dark situation, but will continue to pray that the situation returns to normal.
At Lion photo some of the photographers, said that their business has been greatly affected. They complained that with the national health emergency, they no longer have contracts for workshops, weddings, and other businesses.
As part of their response to the Ebola spread, the photographers disclosed that, they are taking all precautionary measures as directed by the ministry and they have buckets fitted with taps including chlorine, water and hand sanitizers.
They added that the various prices in their line of business have not changed although business is bad, and there is short supply of picture cards, which they use to print photographs.
At Choithrams electricals, Awoko learnt that business is also slow and that suppliers have increased prices in commodities because business is not coming into the country.
Merani stores at Krootown road explained that importers have increased prices, therefore they are forced to add “small amounts” on their products, in order to make profit.
He maintained that despite the outbreak, they still maintain the only branch at Krootown road and the other branch in Liberia.
Friday August 29, 2014