Dept stores place higher product orders in wake of “Shutdown Bangkok”

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BANGKOK, 6 January 2014 Major department stores in Bangkok have placed more orders for products due to fears of a possible supply shortage during anti-government protesters’ “Shutdown Bangkok” operation this 13 January.

A source from the Ministry of Commerce said large department stores, retailers and wholesalers in Bangkok had raised their stocks of products following the People’s Democratic Reform Committee’s announcement to occupy the capital city this month. However, prices of most products have remained unchanged, except instant food prices which have increased by five baht a dish since late last year. Pork is likely to be more expensive as the Chinese New Year is approaching.

The ministry on 7 January will meet with entrepreneurs, producers, merchants, representatives of department stores and the like to map out plans to prevent effects on consumers during the “Shutdown Bangkok.”