As a new school year is just around the corner, many supermarkets and bookstores have launched major promotions designed to increase sales of stationery and other school supplies.

For instance, Co.opMart and Co.opXtra supermarkets nationwide are offering discounts of 20 percent to 33 percent on 300 items, including student uniforms, school bags, notebooks, pens and other school supplies until August 9.

In addition, on August 2, Co.opmart and Co.opXtra will gift more than 600,000 white notebooks to shoppers who own Co.opmart member card.

French supermarket chain Big C is also running a discount programme called "Hanh trang den truong" (School supplies), with discounts of 5-49 percent applied on more than 500 items from notebooks, backpacks and calculators to student uniforms, desks, desk lamps, alarm clock and confectionary.

School uniforms will be offered at a discount of 20 percent, while buyers of textbook sets will receive a 10 percent discount in Big Xu (coin) on their member cards.

These coins can be collected and used as payments in the next shopping trip.

In addition, the supermarket has also introduced clothing for teachers for the back-to-school season at reasonable prices.

Not missing this occasion, Lotte Mart supermarkets have launched the "Vui mua tuu truong" (happy back-to-school season) programme, offering attractive discounts on more than 2,000 school products until August 3.

Under the programme, some products for primary students like raincoats, water bottles, helmets, bookcases, desk lamps and scissors are discounted up to 49 percent, while school uniforms and children clothes are at 15-35 percent discount.

Buyers of school products at Fahasa stores at Lotte Mart supermarkets will enjoy a 17 percent discount.

Many bookstores in HCM City, including Thang Long, Nguyen Van Cu, Van Lang and Gia Dinh, are offering 10-15 percent discounts on textbooks and other items.

Choosing backpacks for her 10-year-old daughter at Co.opmart Dinh Tien Hoang, Nguyen Hong Anh of Binh Thanh District said she would also buy textbooks, notebooks, pens and rulers for her daughter to use in the upcoming academic year.

Anh said she usually took advantages of promotions to purchase necessary school supplies for her daughter, which helped her save at least 20 percent compared to market prices.-VNA