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The Pulse – Merchants cautiously positive amid Covid-19 threat


Merchants cautiously positive amid Covid-19 threat

Between the time of interviewing (beginning of March) and the time of writing (end of March), the builders’ merchants’ world has been turned upside down as the Government introduced a series of measures to contain the Coronavirus pandemic. The new measures, and their daily reveal, created a lot of confusion in the last two weeks of March for suppliers and contractors. National merchants closed temporarily to seek clarity from the Government, while other merchants variously stayed open awaiting developments, shut down, or partially closed to provide a skeleton service. Few could foresee the extent of these measures or their knock-on effects.

Merchants, however, were cautiously positive, as they waited to establish the implications for their business and the market.

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