The number of outlets selling goods at stabilised prices in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest economic hub, totals 7,579 so far, 646 more than the figure in April when the city launched the price stabilisation programmes for this year.

This year’s programme focuses on four groups of goods, including essential foods and foodstuff, basic school supplies, pharmaceuticals and dairy products.

Among them, there are 3,281 sales points selling foods and foodstuff, 219 more than in April. Thirteen companies open 769 outlets, a rise of 41 for the sale of school notebook, uniforms and school bags. Pharmaceuticals and dairy products have also seen an increase of 74 and 312 outlets to 1,193 and 2,336 respectively.

This year, the price stabilisation programmes drew more participation from local enterprises, and did not use money from the State budget.

Additionally, Ho Chi Minh City has also implemented the campaign “Vietnamese people use Vietnamese goods”, contributing to increasing the proportion of Vietnamese goods in large supermarkets to 80-90 percent.

The city plans to organise various activities to assist businesses in expanding market and improve their competitiveness while encouraging citizens to use local products.-VNA