September 01, 2015 11:15
Large discount supermarket chains started taking pre-orders for this year's Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving.
Amid a slow economy, fruit and low- to mid-range household goods are popular as gift items for the holiday.
E-Mart said Sunday, "After tallying up pre-orders during the last two weeks, sales of apples and pears rose by 40 and 10 times compared to a year ago, respectively. It was mostly due to bulk orders placed by corporate clients who buy gifts for their employees."
As the prices of Korean-bred beef soared by 20 percent recently and the catch of yellow corbina was low this spring, they seemed to lean toward fruit.
"Due to sunny weather without major typhoons this year, farmers produced a bumper harvest," an E-Mart staffer said. "Fruit prices are around 20 percent lower than last year."
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