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Sale of warm clothes peaks

  • ANM Mohibub Uz Zaman
  • 8 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Sale of warm clothes peaks
Sale of warm clothes has seen a rise with low-income people crowding roadside makeshift shops in different parts of the capital as the mercury dipped. The photo was taken from Gulistan area on Friday. —Md Nasir Uddin

Sales of warm clothes and blankets have gained momentum in the city with the arrival of cold wave during this year’s winter.

Since last week, winter has set in coupled with fog across the country, pushing up the sales of warm clothes.

A large number of people were seen thronging different shopping malls, shops and makeshift shops for buying winter clothes. 

Seasonal traders and shop owners have started stockpiling as well as selling warm clothes, blankets, including second-hand ones at different shopping malls, shops and footpaths in the capital.

Some people are also visiting tailoring shops for ordering suits, blazers and other winter clothes for themselves and family members.

During visits to some permanent and makeshift shops in the city on Wednesday, people from different income groups were seen crowding shops and malls to buy warm clothes.

Customers, mainly those from the low-income groups, are visiting footpath and roadside shops in Gulistan, Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Paltan, Motijheel, Farmgate, Sadarghat, Mohammadpur and Mirpur -10.

Ranju Ahmed, a warm cloth seller in Farmgate, said the sale of warm clothes like jacket, sweater, blazer, sweat cap, muffler and some other products are gradually increasing along with the chilly bites of winter.

The sale of winter clothes has been gaining momentum since the middle of December.

Mild cold wave is sweeping over the districts of Rajshahi, Pabna, Naogaon, Panchagarh, Kurigram, Jashore and Chudanga and it may continue, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

“The mild cold wave may continue in the first half of January while the mercury may decrease in the second half and a moderate to severe cold wave may sweep over the country in the period,” said Hafizur Rahman, a meteorologist of BMD.

The lowest temperature of the country was recorded 8.7 degree Celsius at Tetulia in Rangpur on Wednesday while the lowest temperature was 13.3 degree Celsius in Dhaka on the day.

Night temperature may remain nearly unchanged and day temperature may rise slightly over the country, said BMD.

One or two moderate cold wave and one severe cold wave may hit and temperature may dive to 4-6 degree Celsius in the last half of January, it said.

Most of the limited income people were seen buying warm clothes at cheaper rates from the makeshift shops.

Second-hand woolen sweaters, blazer, warm caps and other items were selling at shops based in the footpaths.

Visiting the New market area on Wednesday, the correspondent found different types of sweaters, jackets, sweat shirt and blankets being displayed for sale.

Rokibul Haque, a private company employee, was shopping winter clothes at the New market area. He told the Daily Sun that he bought a sweater for him and his wife and two jackets for his children. He said the prices of these products have soared but his purchase capacity did not increase.

Traders said they sell sweaters, jackets and blankets of different sizes at competitive prices, making marginal profit only and considering the interest of the limited-income group of people.