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Over 1,000 stores to launch special sales amid price hikes

2012/05/04 18:20:16

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) A total of 1,088 retail stores in Taiwan have agreed to launch special sales, amid public concerns the recent fuelprice hike and looming electricity rate increase may make dailynecessities more expensive, officials said Friday.

Carrefour, which has the most outlets among hypermarket chains in Taiwan, will have a sale of over 1,000 products each week with an average discount of 30 percent, according to the Cabinet-level Consumer Protection Department, which said it has reached deals with Taiwan's seven major retailers on holding sales.

RT Mart and A.Mart, two other hypermarket chains, also announced upcoming sales. RT Mart said it will hold a sale of 10 products each week, while A.Mart will feature NT$39 (US$1.3) boxed meals and16 different kinds of daily necessities.

Local supermarket giant Pxmart, with 616 locations across Taiwan, will cut prices for half of its goods.

Wellcome and Matsusei, two other popular supermarket chains, will follow suit and launch discounted goods including frozen noodles, rice, beverages and toilet paper, officials said.

(By Yang Shu-min and Scully Hsiao)