Our weekly sales figures accurately reflect the presence of bootlegged and contraband stock locally. The imminent increase in minimum age to buy cigarettes legally and the introduction of graphic images on pack next year will result in further loss of sales. Reduced traffic flow is the retailers’ biggest headache, affecting the profitable sale of confectionery, soft drinks, newspapers, magazines and the lottery.

The scaremongers are at work again. According to my trusted local paper, the Department of Health is advising people not to drink more than five single espressos or four cups of instant coffee a day. How on earth are we going to survive a day in the office? Are Nestl eacute;, now a major health and nutrition player we hear, at all worried?

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