In Lagos, sellers of text and excercise books, as well as other school accessories including stationeries are not smiling at all.
This is as most of them have been facing drastic decline in patronage occasioned by the hash economic times and the fact that this is not usually their season of boom.
This category of traders are known for making good sales when children go back to school regardless of the time of the year.
But the reverse has been the case
since the beginning of this year.
Visit to the popular Jankara market in Balogun, Lagos Island where text and exercise books plus other school accessories are sold showed that business has been dull.
Traders explained that early in the year is not their season of boom rather the month of September which is usually first term.
The Stationery sellers said they did not increase the prices of their wares as the prices of most text and exercise books had been on the high side.
Similar, those who deal in lunch bags and school shoes also complained of low patronage as parents do not buy these items yearly.