08 May '11, 10pm

Improved economy makes for a more lavish Mother's Day

SINGAPORE - More mothers spent their special day in style this year, as improved economic conditions allowed consumers to loosen their purse-strings. Yesterday, many were treated to fine dining, free concerts and museum visits, as well as all the perks businesses could afford for Mother's Day. Temasek Polytechnic estimates that children spent an average S$200 to S$500 on their mothers this year, a clear turnaround from the recession years. Industry experts attributed this kind of spending behaviour to better financial and economic health. "I think in the past, people tended to be more thrifty on occasions like this. But in recent years, there are more and more people actually wanting to celebrate this occasion. Of course, I think maybe when things get better they are willing to spend more," said Mr Samuel Tan Wah Ngui, course manager in retail management at Temasek Polytec...

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