Few hours to Christmas, shoppers are groaning over the hike of commodities prices, including food items, hampers and other gifts items,
it was observed that many traders are experiencing fluctuating sales.
A middle-aged woman said: “As it is today, things are even worse than last year. Things are very expensive in the market and purchasing power is very low.
“There is no money but people must buy these items because they are of necessity.”
At various markets in Lagos, including Ile-Epo market, Yaba Market, Aswani Market, Mushin, Bariga, our correspondents monitored the bargaining between vendors and buyers.
At the popular Aswani and Balogun markets, there were increased Christmas shopping rush, but most of the shoppers complained about the high cost of goods.
Despite the high prices, most traders have been making brisk sales.
For example, the price of a bag of rice has gone higher. A bag that usually sold for N24,000 now sells for between N27,000 to N30,000. A bag of beans is sold for N58,000.