Demand for electronic products in Ho Chi Minh City has increased as much
as 40 percent in the past few days because of hotter weather, according
to traders in the city.
Bui Tan Cuong, marketing
director of the Thien Hoa Electronic Centre, said that since the Tet
(Lunar New Year) holiday, demand for electronic products, particularly
air conditioners and fans, has increased by 30-40 percent over normal
He estimated that sales will double by the end of March or mid-April.
Le Xuan Huy, head of the marketing department at Cho Lon Electronic
Centre, said the best-selling products are environmentally friendly and
energy-savings air conditioners and fans that are sold at low prices.
To meet demand, electronic centres have increased their inventory, with Thien Hoa centre doubling its inventory.
Because of increased demand, prices have slightly increased.
Cuong said that the exchange rate between the Vietnamese dong and the
US dollar has affected prices, especially on imported electronic
The prices of several products were up by 5-10 percent, he said.
Thanks to many promotions, the prices of other products have increased only slightly.
In addition, many centres have promotions, including free installations, gifts and discounted spare parts.
The dry season this year has arrived early in HCM City. For
more than one month, the weather has been quite hot due to El Nino.
Experts said this year could be the hottest in HCM City in the last 25 years.-VNA