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Slow sales as countdown to Christmas begins

By CAROL MATROO Sunday, December 15 2013

Leapfrog tablets and pads. That’s the must have item for children this Christmas.

Retailers are reporting the Leap Frog V-Tex, pad, and letter factory as top sellers with parents buying these products for educational value.

Books and art and craft supplies are also selling in keeping with the educational trend.

As toys go, ice-cream makers, legos, radio control cars for boys, and Ninja Turtles are making a come back,” one toy shop representative said.

The Baby Alive doll, which sells for $399, and which poops in her diaper to be cleaned up and falls ill to be taken care off, is a hot seller, swore one toy shop clerk.

Also available in the toy category are Furby the Owl, Nerf guns that shoot spongy bullets, helicopters with drones, luxury cars like toy BMWs and Audis and hover helicopters.

Meanwhile, however, shoppers and businesses in Port-of-Spain report a slow going for Christmas to date.

It’s all about the economy with everybody watching their dollars.

Some businesses report better sales even as they observe that consumers are being cautious with their spending.

“People watching their pockets and they want to know where their money going,” said one store manager.

“Yet other businesses report slow sales. “This year not too hot up.

“We are not seeing the sales we had last year because people are just buying what they need, people are trying to be thrifty,” said another store manager.

Vendors also report slow sales with their colourful displays of curtains, mats and kitchen towels, clothing items, and various Christmas decorations enticing shoppers who are looking but not buying.

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