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Posted at: Nov 9, 2018, 12:07 AM; last updated: Nov 9, 2018, 12:07 AM (IST)

Diwali sales spike 20% to Rs 30,000 cr: Traders’ body

Diwali sales spike 20% to  Rs 30,000 cr: Traders’ body
Praveen Khandelwal

Mumbai, November 8

The national traders body CAIT has said there was a 20% volume growth during Diwali sales across the country at Rs 30,000 crore.

In 2017, the total sales stood at Rs 25,000 crore, CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said on Thursday.

“During the past four years, there was a slump during Diwali sales. However, this year traders did good business during compared to last year,” Khandelwal said.

In Delhi alone, sales volume crossed over Rs 5,000 crore, he added.

Consumer durables such as electronics and electrical items and FMCG products like decoration and gift items, dry fruits, sweets and namkeens, readymade garments, biscuits, confectionery items etc, did brisk business, he said, adding traders of computer and computer peripherals, paints, hardware, and kitchen appliances and equipment also saw spike in their volumes.

Khandelwal reiterated that widening e-commerce without any regulations is causing loss to offline trade and demanded setting up of a regulatory authority.

“In the absence of a proper e-commerce policy, online companies are doing business without any checks and balances.

Government should frame an e-commerce policy immediately and set up a regulatory authority to regulate and monitor them,” he said. — PTI 

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