Posted on December 18, 2016
Many residents are looking to make the most of year-end promotions announced by retailers in the country, it is learnt. In particular, those travelling abroad for holidays are visiting malls and hypermarkets in large numbers as they seek to get the best deals on warm clothes and luggage.
 
The promotions cover various items, including clothes, footwear, electronics and luggage, and retail outlets are coming up with “competitive” offers in order to woo customers. “A large number of customers are expected to gain from these offers,” said a senior official of a retailer dealing in electronic appliances. “This is a good time to make big purchases. As the outlets try to outdo each other by offering attractive rates, it’s customers like me who stand to benefit from this competition. In particular, I’m looking for good deals on luggage,” said a resident.
 
Branded food items, too, are among the products being offered at special rates. “Also, unlike previous years, even smaller supermarkets are offering customers reduced prices for a number of food products,” said a resident, attributing the trend to stiff competition in the market. While some of the bigger retail stores are known to come up with promotions year-round, relatively new entrants, too, are now announcing special offers as they try to win over customers.
 
Besides offering various kinds of products, the promotions cater to different types of customers with varying budgets. A visit to the malls shows that special offers are being provided at a number of stores, including upscale ones. A well-known retail store that generally offers attractive rates for suits between December and February has come up with promotions for customers this time as well. For people with limited means, these offers are a boon. “Ordinary customers like us are able to buy from such high-quality outlets only during such promotions,” said an expatriate. The authorities in Qatar have taken a number of steps to ensure that retailers offer genuine promotions and discounts.
 
source: Gulf Times

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