Fish and chip index rising

Alison Caires from Mandolin Seafoods.
Alison Caires from Mandolin Seafoods.

LAST year, fish and chip orders were much more restrained.

Last year, parents might order a piece of fish for two kids to share, or the man in the family might order one piece of fish instead of the two he really wanted.

This year, things have changed, pointing to perhaps a soft resurgence in consumer confidence.

Owner of Alexandra Headland's Mandolin Seafoods, Celeste Caires, said she had noticed a slight pick-up in trade this year.

"We have been a bit busier and we are definitely up on last year," she said.

"I am not sure whether there are more people around or they are willing to let their cash go a bit easier this year. But people are less cautious than last year.

"Last year everybody was worried. We noticed it in our customers' attitudes. If a male wanted two pieces, he would order one or they would buy kids the fish bites rather than their own piece."

Mrs Caires said she was confident and optimistic about 2012.

"We've been here for 10 years and we have such a good reputation. I am optimistic, and that's a lot more than other businesses can say."

The Caloundra Holiday Centre handles 160 holiday units in the Kings Beach and Caloundra region. Principal Tracey Harris said every one would be full from this week.

"We are all working Boxing Day. I think we have 105 check-ins on that day," she said.

"We will be full, as we were last year, and I would expect all of Caloundra to be full from the Christmas weekend as well.

"We are currently 7% down on bookings towards the end of January compared to last year, but I would expect by the time that comes, that will change because you continually get bookings.

"This whole year was down eight to 10% on previous years, but it has definitely picked up. November was beautiful and hot, so we are feeling confident about 2012."

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