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Philippine retailers play game of conservative optimism
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Philippine retailers are more optimistic about 2009 than their counterparts in the region, but this
does not mean they are not taking precautions at a time when a recession of yet unknown
proportions is taking its toll on the world. Tina Arceo-Dumlao reports.

Retail companies around the world would like nothing more than to erase the last few months
of 2008 from their memory. Who Rcould blame them? The global financial crisis has forced consumers to keep their cash firmly in their wallets for fear of losing their jobs or homes like many in the US financial and automotive sectors.

In the Philippines, which underwent the Asian currency crisis that had caused a major upheaval in the financial and credit markets in the region a decade ago, banks are now stronger and the
economy is expected to grow by at least 3.5% next year, even amid the global economic downturn.

Admittedly, its economic expansion will be slower than initially expected — but a growth nonetheless. So, while retail companies here have turned more cautious, they remain optimistic about riding on that growth, forecast to be much higher than what is expected in the more developed countries in North
America and Europe.

Frances Yu, assistant vice-president for marketing at Rustan’s Supercenters Inc, says the retail industry is likely to go through a “moderate” slowdown next year, although not to the extent
experienced by US retailers, some of which like electronics retailer Circuit City have already filed for bankruptcy protection.

According to government data, the second quarter of 2008 saw Philippine retailing grow at only 4.3% year on year, far below 2007’s 8.2%, while personalconsumption expenditure rose by only 3.4%, with hope for better growth in the last quarter of the year being placed on the Christmas shopping period.

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2009 January Stories:

Retailing in recession Part 2: Some key do’s and don’ts for Asian retailers

Home Depot consolidates

The Obama victory: Will it benefit Asia?

How are retailers in Singapore bearing up?

Can Malaysian retailers weather the global slump?

Philippine retailers play game of conservative optimism

Domestic, global factors weigh heavily on Thai retailing

Nike opens first flagship store in South-east Asia

Agility, Borouge building 70,000sqm hub in Shanghai

Demand for prime space spikes global retail rent

Most Internet users are online shoppers

Cart of the future rolling out in Singapore stores

Asian flavours 2009: Exotic and spicy

IHHS 2009 provides retailers expert insights to survive challenging time

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