publish date 2021-07-21 11:47:38
The clothing and footwear sector is preparing for the back-to-school season next September, with the end of the Eid al-Adha season, which witnessed a large number of purchases on the “Pause of Arafa” last Monday, according to the representative of the clothing and jewelry sector in the Jordan Chamber of Commerce, Asaad al-Qawasmi.
On Wednesday, Qawasmi expected the return of the purchasing movement on clothes and shoes on the fourth and fifth days of Eid, with the imminent payment of private sector salaries, in addition to the exchange of cash gifts between families, which led to the availability of liquidity.
He said that the clothing and footwear sector is now preparing for the preparations for returning to schools related to the provision of school uniforms and school supplies, after the end of Eid al-Adha.
Al-Qawasmi pointed out the importance of the official statements regarding the emphasis on the return of face-to-face education so that parents can buy school supplies without hesitation or fear of returning to distance education.
Speaking about the purchasing movement on the eve of the Eid “Arafat Pause” last Monday, Al-Qawasmi said that the clothing stores continued to operate late hours, and there was activity and demand on that day.
Al-Qawasmi continued: “The focus in the sale was on major commercial centers and malls, and this indicates that customers were more interested in places that are not crowded and that have specific offers, discounts or prices.”
Al-Qawasmi pointed out that the purchasing movement compared to the pre-Corona stage does not reflect the usual selling rates, despite the stability of prices in the local market.
And on the purchasing movement compared to the years 2020 and 2021, Al-Qawasmi said that it is close, because the Corona pandemic still has its economic and social effects.
With regard to the import of clothes and shoes, Al-Qawasmi said that in the first half of 2020, clothes and shoes were imported at a value of 110 million dinars, while the import for the same period in 2021 amounted to about 90 million dinars, with a decrease of 20 million dinars.
Speaking about the volume of sales compared to the Corona stage and before it for the two years (2019 and 2020), Qawasmi said that sales fell 60% compared to the two periods.
The apparel and footwear sector includes 11,000 establishments, 70 percent of which are small, and employs about 56,000 workers. In the local market, there are 180 brands of clothing and footwear that invest inside the country. According to the Jordan Chamber of Commerce.
The government had decided to suspend ministries, official departments, institutions and public bodies on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, starting from Monday morning, corresponding to the nineteenth of July 2021, until Friday evening, corresponding to the twenty-third of the same month.
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