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Reconfinement: traders are playing for survival


As in Beauvais (Oise), the stores in the city center would have liked to escape a new confinement, which will again put their finances

“An Astro Poisson, a Solitaire and a Fétiche number 7.” On this Wednesday noon market, customers follow one another in front of the small games and PMU counter at Lutetia, the bar-tobacco restaurant on Place Jeanne-Hachette in Beauvais (Oise ).

But on Friday, only the tobacco section will remain open, all non-essential businesses having to close for several weeks, as in spring.

“2020 will be a blank year, regrets Johan Adikti.

The first confinement was hard.

The second will be even more so.

"If the terrace, repacked a week ago, allowed him to" save the furniture "this summer," we are still at -70% on our annual turnover compared to 2019 ", calculates the cafetier of 33 years old, who bought the business with two of his brothers two years ago.

On the other side of the large cobbled square, the concern is even more palpable.

“I prepared to close, explains Marine Niocel, the boss of Loli Rose, specializing in accessories and jewelry.

But my website is still not launched and I just received my Christmas stock.

Will I succeed in selling it?


Zero wages in March, April and May

As during the first confinement, the thirty-something will try to communicate through Facebook, make deliveries and organize withdrawal slots.

But she already knows that she will experience another very difficult period.

“As I am a manager, I had just received the help of 1,500 euros, but it does not even cover the cost of the rent…” she observes.

“Fortunately I have a husband.


“The traders are considered rich people, but we are all in the survival, storm Hysmérie Henry, in the middle of his magnificent store Fleurs de Meredys.

I called my accountant.

He himself does not see how we can get out of it.


Surrounded by its delicate compositions of succulents, the shopping dynamic this time seems to waver, shaken by emotion.

“I have the same charges, the same taxes, the same rent while all my income has been impacted.

If there is no more money coming in, how are we going to live?

she worries.

I haven't paid myself a salary in March, April and May already.

The blow came a few days ago when his owner asked him for the property tax: 2,600 euros, in addition to his rent of 1,330 euros.

"The climate is insurrectionary"

"If within a fortnight, we have better control of the situation, then we will be able to reassess things and hope to open certain businesses, in particular in this so important period before the Christmas holidays", assured President Macron.

"It gives a little hope," reacts Hysmérie Henry.


Emmanuel Macron asks the French to re-define himself

“The climate is insurrectionary, warns Marc Sanchez, the general secretary of the union of the independent (SDI).

Business leaders have not paid themselves for months.

If you ask them to close while supermarkets and e-commerce remain open, it won't work.

I warned the ministerial cabinets that the accompanying measures must be even more important.


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Francis Palombi, the president of the traders of France, is also very worried.

“Containment will further accentuate the imbalance between physical commerce and large digital commerce.

In April, Amazon concentrated 83% of the non-food business.

It is imperative that the government act to prevent e-merchants from grabbing all Christmas sales now.


Source: leparis

All business articles on 2020-10-28

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