The number of outlets selling goods at stabilised prices in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest economic hub, had totalled 7,500 as by July 30, 483 more than the figure in April, 2013 when the city launched the price stabilisation programme.

This year’s price stabilisation programme focuses on four groups of goods, including essential foods and foodstuff, schooling materials, medicines and dairy products.

HCM City has set a target of opening 525 more outlets, including five supermarkets, 37 convenient shops, and 30 Co.op marts by the end of the programme on March 31, 2014.

At a conference to review the efficiency of the programme on July 30, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Industry and Trade Le Ngoc Dao said the firms joining in the programmes are working to ensure the supply of quality goods for the market as assigned.

The department has designed a logo to label price stabilised goods and will publicise it in October to make it easier for customers when shopping, Dao said.-VNA