The pain spreads

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 September, 2008, 12:00am

Mr Chan, 60, owner of a dried-food store for 17 years

'I work from 6.30am to 8pm, but I can only just afford the rent with what I earn. There are customers, but they only buy low-cost products since the economic downturn. I might have to close my shop soon.'

Mrs Leung, 46, who has run a newspaper stall for 22 years

'When the stock market is booming, these financial papers would be gone before 9am. How about now? People only buy papers in the afternoon as there is a price reduction. Some have given up buying papers in order to save money.'

Mr So, 29, a decorator

'When the market is booming, our customers usually ask us to do every decoration. However, when the markets go down, some customers ask us to buy them the material only and they will do it themselves.'

Mr Yuen, 55, owner of a laundry

'People having fewer parties and dressing in a more casual way has harmed my business. I had to hire someone to help with my business before, but now I work by myself. In the past, people would come and pay to have their curtains washed, but now they are not willing to spend.'