In the West, Christmas shopping is now only a bleak memory ... but in the?
In the West, Christmas shopping is now only a bleak memory ... but in the Soviet Union, stores are geared for their busiest time of the year - New Year.
Business has been brisk in Moscow's 5000 stores ... and shopping is liveliest in the city's largest store Detski Mir (Children's World). Authorities say that 400,000 customers daily are shopping in the store's 500 departments.
Muscovites have also been buying their fir trees for New Year. The trees have been on sale since 21 December, and more than half a million will have been sold by New Year's Day.
The Soviet Government has said that 1975 has bright prospects - both economic and cultural. Vice-Premier and Planning Chief Nikolai Baibakov told the latest session of the Soviet National Parliament that "real" incomes will be 20 per cent higher than they were in 1970.
SYNOPSIS: While the West recovers from Christmas ... the Soviet Union is gearing itself for the annual New Year celebrations. Business has been brisk for weeks in Moscow's five thousand stores ... and nowhere is it busier than at Detski Mir (Children's World).
Detski Mir is Moscow's largest store ... and as the name suggests, caters solely for children.
The store's management says that four hundred thousand shoppers are packing the five hundred departments every day. And for those who don't want to buy ... there's always something spectacular to look at - from mechanical models to the latest toys.
Muscovites also are stocking up on fir trees for the New Year. They've been on sale since 21 December and it's expected that half a million will have been sold by New Year's Day.
The Soviets are hoping for a happy and prosperous New Year - and their optimism has been bolstered by the latest Government forecasts. Vice-Premier and Planning Chief Nikolai Baibakov told the last session of the Soviet National Parliament that "real" incomes next year will be twenty per cent higher than they were in nineteen seventy.