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40% drop in sales ahead of Diwali due to cash shortages, says CAIT

As much as 40 per cent drop has been recorded in sales in markets across the country due to low footfall of consumers because of cash shortages

business Updated: Oct 17, 2017 00:05 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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People purchase the utensils in a shop on the occasion of Dhanteras festival in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

As much as 40 per cent drop has been recorded in sales in markets across the country due to low footfall of consumers because of cash shortages, traders body CAIT said on Monday.

With just 3 days for Diwali, “markets across the country are gloomy, having a deserted look with very less festivity and less foot fall of the consumers”, resulting in 40 per cent drop in sales in comparison to last year, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said in a statement.

It said less footfall is there in markets because of cash shortage.

It also said that the slowdown is further multiplied by glitches in the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which kicked in from July 1.

“Confusion still prevails to a great extent which is more bothering to traders. Tax compliance of almost all taxes falls in this month only,” it added.

First Published: Oct 16, 2017 19:43 IST