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Trade and commerce

Good time for Swedish importers

Published måndag 6 augusti 2012 kl 10.27
Containers in Gothenburg Harbour: Photo: Björn Larsson/Scanpix.

The weak euro and strong krona mean tough times for Swedish export companies, but the country's importers are hoping the European currency will stay weak, Swedish Radio News reports.

One of them is the shoe importer Peter Nierenburg who imports shoes from China and India.

"We are the winners, and I think it's about time because we have struggled through some tough years," he told Swedish Radio News.

Things are looking up for importers, Helena Waker, president of a trade organisation for importers of fashion, shoes, design, food and electronics.

"I am hearing a cautious optimism among Swedish companies," she said.

Asked whether consumers can expect to see prices go down in stores, Waker said. "I don't think so. In the past years our consumer prices have not gone up. To achieve a sustainable development we have to either raise prices a little bit or let them stay where they are," Waker said.

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