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Diwali: Indians to prefer diyas over lamps, Chinese goods sales may dip 45%

Shopkeepers who took part in the survey said most of the customers are demanding Indian lights or earthen diyas

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Devotees light lamps to celebrate Diwali at Keshev Dev temple in Mathura.

Sale of like lights, gift items, lamps and wall hangings may decline by 40-45 per cent this as compared to last year as Indians are likely to prefer domestic products like earthen diyas (lamps), according to a report.

Chinese products had recorded a 30 per cent decline in sales last year on Diwali, the festival of lights which coincides with the Hindu New Year.


A survey by Assocham-Social Development Foundation mapped responses of wholesalers, retailers, traders in cities of Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and to estimate the demand for Chinese products across

"There seems to be a decline of about 40-45 per cent in consumption of Chinese products on this in comparison to last year. Chinese items that are most sought fancy lights, lampshades, Ganesha and Laxmi idols, rangolis and crackers etc. As per the findings, this Diwali, people are preferring Indian products over Chinese goods," said.

According to the survey, the demand of electronic items like LCDs, mobile phones and other items made in China has also declined by 15-20 per cent.

Shopkeepers who took part in the survey said most of the customers are demanding Indian lights or earthen diyas.

According to an estimate, the value of sold in 2016 during was around Rs 6,500 crore, out of which Rs 4,000 crore was for products such as toys, fancy lights, gift items, plastic ware, decorative goods etc.

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 15:33 IST
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