Return to retail therapy
JUST when the economy was close to flat-lining, a faint pulse was found as shoppers returned to the streets and purses cautiously opened. This time last week the pavements of the country's cities seemed as frozen and hazardous as the nation's prospects.
But in the last 48 hours that most cherished seasonal sound, the peal of the cash register, was heard tolling again -- it was as heartening to hard-pressed retailers as that of sleigh bells to expectant children.
It had something of the miraculous about it, seeing as how it came at the end of the week that also brought us the most draconian Budget ever dreamed up by a Department of Finance.