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Businesses feel the pinch

They may not be in the business of selling consumer electronics.

They may not even be located on the storeys that are supposedly avoided by customers.

But these retailers in Sim Lim Square are also feeling the impact.

A manager of the laptop outlet of PC Dreams, who wanted to be known only as Mr Poon, says: "There have been smaller crowds and more of our customers go to our Funan branch.

"You can safely say that our takings have dropped between 10 and 20 per cent, and walk-in customers have dropped between 20 and 40 per cent."

CLOSING EARLY

"Local and tourist confidence has also gone down," he says.

Mr Poon says he notices that shops on the lower storeys have been closing earlier as well.

Some shops that used to close at around 8pm, are closing as early as 6.30pm sometimes.

When asked about his thoughts on mobile phone shops giving the mall a bad reputation, Mr Poon said: "These things don't just happen in Singapore, you get it in other places as well.

"We live in a fair society. If some mobile shops are not operating in the right way, there are ways to settle it."

"We have to spare a thought for the small businesses that are genuine," he says, adding that they, too, "have to make a living".