I don't check my sales figures often enough because, if someone had asked me what business was like in September I would have thought football finals and Royal Melbourne Show equals plenty of tourists and good business.
But I would have been wrong. September is not a good month for market business as our graph shows. The graph has been compiled from the sales/budget returns we get from a select group of traders each week. It represents their sales as a percentage of their weekly budget and in September most traders fail to reach their budget.
Those traders who are having a bad month can draw some satisfaction from knowing they are not alone. But why does this happen? Victorian tourism figures show that visitation by tourists in September is not much different to other months. We really need more investigation to find out why we get these fluctuations.
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