RETAIL | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Cheap Cheap: 98% of hawker stalls maintained prices in April

DOS’ latest Hawker Food Price Survey revealed only 32 surveyed stalls raised prices in April compared with March 2011.

Commissioned by the Retail Price Watch Group, the Hawker Food Price Survey covered a total of 1,319 hawker stalls from hawker food centres and coffee shops spreading over the Central, East, North, Northeast and West zones, based on the Urban Redevelopment Authority‟s (URA) zoning distribution.

The Survey was conducted on a varied range of hawker stalls selling 75 popular food items, including chicken rice, fish ball noodles, vegetarian bee hoon, mee siam, nasi lemak, nasi briyani, roti prata, murtabak, fish and chips, cut fruits, desserts, beverages and drinks.

The Central zone saw the lowest percentage of stalls with price increase (1.9 per cent), whereas the West zone saw the highest percentage of stalls with price increase.

Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, Chairman of the RPWG and Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development, said, “The survey shows that the vast majority of hawker stalls are keeping prices stable. Through RPWG’s consumer education efforts, we hope to educate consumers of the choices they have, and the opportunities to support stalls committed to price assurance. In this way, we hope to help the stalls increase their revenues and income.”

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