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GRTU Survey confirms that Black Friday was the best day for Retail Shops – A record day for sales
A survey conducted by GRTU with Retail shop and outlet owners, businesses has confirmed what a big success this year’s Black Friday was with 85% saying sales were stronger over Black Friday of last year and any other shopping day. The survey was conducted represents the feedback recieved from over 150 shops and outlets.
From the survey conducted, 17% of the respondents to participate in the Black Friday activity for the fist time this year. The survey also notes that 25% of those that did not participate are either seriously considering or surely participating next year.
GRTU CEO Abigail Mamo notes “From our survey results we can confirm that there was an increase in sales of around 25% on average over last year’s Black Friday”
GRTU’s survey shows that their offers varied between 15% and 70% off with some even included special gifts and buy-one-get-one free offers. Furthermore, 76% of respondents also extended their offers to Saturday.
GRTU CEO Abigial Mamo notes that “58% of respondents have extended their normal shopping hours by opening early, closing later and staying open throughout the day, in order to offer a better service for customers”
Updates from Ms. Abigial Mamo - GRTU CEO
BEST DAY OF THE YEAR WHEN IT COMES TO SALES
"Even though the day is not over yet, from the feedback received we can safely say that today will probably be the best day of the year when it comes to sales."
"We estimate that this years' Black Fridays event will surpass that of previous years"
Sales have been good everywhere. This feedback was received from businesses of all sorts and spread amongst a number of localities around Malta and Gozo.
In the coming days, GRTU will be publishing results of a survey conducted amongst its members and would be able to give more detailed data on this years' Black Fridays event.
'Ques for 10 hours, waiting for the shop to open'
adds comments from GRTU CEO Ms Abigail Mamo
"Black Friday starts with a Bang!"
"We are receiving positive feedback from all over Malta and Gozo. People started queuing very early with one individual queuing since 11:00PM yesterday evening.
"Although customers are numerous with some shops experiences ques, businesses have redeployed employees from the office to assist customers and this is easing flow."
"Although it is too early to compare this Black Friday with last years', it is already very evident that there is a positive trend"
Nhar il-Ġimgħa, Black Friday, uħud mill-ħwienet se jiftħu mis-6 ta’ filgħodu. Mal-awtoritajiet qed nipprovaw innaqqsu l-problema tat-traffiku.”
“Nhar il-Ġimgħa, Black Friday, se tkun kullimkien. Ċerti ħwienet se jiftħu minn meta jisbaħ u oħrajn se jestendu l-ħin tal-għeluq tagħhom saħansitra sa nofsillejl biex jilqgħu l-klijenti għall-offerti. Mill-informazzjoni li għandna mill-membri tagħna, il-konsumatur nhar il-Ġimgħa se jkollu festa ta’ xiri bi prezzijiet eċċellenti,” tgħid is-CEO tal-GRTU, Abigail Mamo.
Din il-ġurnata toffri sfidi fosthom it-trasport. Għadaqstant il-GRTU sejħet laqgħa flimkien ma’ uffiċjali ta’ Transport Malta, il-Pulizija, kif ukoll rappreżentanti taċ-ċentri ta’ xiri ewlenin sabiex speċifikament niddiskutu t-traffiku u t-trasport dakinhar ta’ Black Friday.
Hemm qbil fejn il-Pulizija u Transport Malta se jkunu qed imexxu l-massimu ta’ riżorsi possibbli f’areas identifikati bħala l-iktar importanti u potenzjalment problematiċi għal din il-ġurnata biex it-traffiku jibqa’ miexi u jinħelsu l-bottlenecks. Il-GRTU għamlet ukoll kuntatt ma’ diversi kunsilli lokali ewlenin u appellajnielhom biex jiġu evitati inkonvenjenti u permessi li mhux ta’ urġenza estrema f’din il-ġurnata partikolari għal pajjiżna.