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Clothing, shoes, jewelry sectors record drop in sales despite reductions

1. Clothing Sector Razan
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Representative of the Clothing, Garment, and Jewelry Sector at the Jordan Chamber of Commerce Asaad Qawasmi said that the demand for clothes and shoes during the present winter season has dropped compared to previous years despite special offers and up to 50 percent discounts advertised by retailers, according to Ad-Dustour.اضافة اعلان

Qawasmi said that reductions announced by many shops and on various goods and brands did not serve to increase customers, and that retailers have incurred losses due to the accumulation of goods.

Qawasmi said that merchants are preparing to import goods for the summer season and singing contracts with suppliers for Ramadan, estimating that the Kingdom’s imports of clothing for the upcoming season will reach approximately JD60 million.

The sector has been experiencing difficulties for several years and the pandemic has exacerbated the retailers’ suffering, according to Qawasmi, who added that the high cost of shipping is one of the obstacles facing the sector and that recent developments in the Ukrainian-Russian crisis would further affect the sector, particularly with regard to goods imported from Europe.

The clothing sector plays an important role in reducing poverty rates and providing job opportunities, with more than 10,000 shops across Jordan that employ 45,000 people, 95 percent of whom are Jordanians.

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