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Three days to go, shopping hits peak on Sunday

delhi Updated: Oct 24, 2011 01:40 IST
HT Correspondent

With just three days left for Diwali, Delhiites thronged markets and went on a shopping spree on Sunday.

Multiplexes were packed to the hilt. While some bought coloured diyas, garlands, decorative lights, others invested in clothes, household items and gold too.

With Sunday being a holiday, crowds started pouring in the markets at 11.30am and shoppers trickled steadily through the day.

The pedestrian ways were choc-a-block and so were south Delhi markets. People could be seen jostling for space to park their vehicles in parking lots.

Though a majority of people ventured out in their personal vehicles, adding to chaos on the roads, many chose to travel by public transport.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials said as per figures collected till 8 pm, nearly 10.5 lakh people travelled via Metro.

Garment stores and retailers of festive wear such as sarees, lehengas and salwar suits did brisk business. And, with many shops offering sale, showrooms were full to the brim.

"Sales have picked up and the numbers of customers have increased manifold," said Prakash Lakhnavi, owner of Paradise Sarees in Sarojini Nagar market.

Jewellers also registered an increase in sales despite gold being sold at R24,700 per 10 gm (hallmark quality) on Sunday, a day ahead of Dhanteras (the first day of Diwali festival).

"There is an almost 225% increase in sales this year compared to last year," said Parveen Chaudhary of Ramakrishna Jewellers at central market, Lajpat Nagar.

Meanwhile, shoppers made the most of Sunday.

Neeraja, who came along with her two children to Lajpat Nagar market summed up the mood: "Who cares about inflation? The crowds here have belied the fact. Indeed, people are shopping as if things are available for free."