Shoplifters steal Sk4 billion worth of goods from Slovak stores every year, according to a 2007 study by British company Centre for Retail.
The survey reported that it is not just customers who steal, but also shop employees and suppliers, the Sme daily wrote on December 12.
Losses of Slovak merchants are close to the world average, below 1.5 percent of sales. Thieves mostly steal expensive meat products from Slovak outlets, as well as candy or coffee. Most thefts occur in the time before holidays, like Christmas or Easter, or before a payday.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Dec 2007 at 14:00