Most hawkers say they are unlikely to raise prices despite rising cost of essentials

Hawkers are letting higher costs eat into their earnings as many fear losing their regular customer base. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
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SINGAPORE - Despite the cost of essentials such as electricity, cooking oil and vegetables having gone up by as much as 30 per cent in recent months, most hawkers The Straits Times spoke to are delaying plans to hike the prices of their dishes.

Instead, they are letting higher costs eat into their earnings, as many fear losing their regular customer base after an already tough year of fluctuating Covid-19 dining restrictions.

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