Nuclear test inflates condom sales in SKorea
[ 2006-10-30 08:30 ]
A South Korean couple
walks along a road covered with fallen leaves in Seoul, November
North Korea's nuclear test has boosted condom sales and bookings at
South Korean "love" hotels," a newspaper has said.
Experts told the Chuson newspaper that the developments reflect
widespread jitters over the October 9 test, with many people seeking
solace in sex.
Convenience stores reported
that condom sales rose by up to 28 percent in the week after the test, it
Family Mart, a leading chain of convenience stores, sold 1,930 condoms
every day compared to an daily average of 1,508 before October 9, the
Bookings at pay-by-the-hour "love motels" have also risen sharply.
"The desire to break away from normal life appeared to be increasing in
our society in reaction to widespread
concerns about North Korea's nuclear program," Dongkuk
University professor Lee Yoon-Ho was quoted as saying.
The test sparked international condemnation, strong UN sanctions
against North Korea and hiked tensions on the Korean
convenience store : 便利店
widespread concern : 普遍担忧