Christchurch businesses still lack customers

11:49 am on 9 June 2011

Some businesses in Christchurch say lower customer numbers since the February earthquake is the biggest issue they face.

A survey conducted for business support agency Recover Canterbury has found that, three months on, most businesses are losing income.

While 95% of those surveyed are operating again, 43% identified a lack of customers as their main concern.

Brigette Unwin from Piko Wholefoods says that matches her experience. Sales had dropped by about 30% since the ship moved from its central city site to the suburb of Richmond.

The other major issue highlighted in the survey is a lack of adequate insurance cover or clarity over what was covered.