The National News Agency Antara reports that export sales in candles and incense from Bali have almost doubled during the first 7 months of 2005, as compared to the same period one year before.
Bali's export sales for candles and incense reached US$122,190 for January-July 2005 – an increase of 96% over 2004, according to figures collected by the local department of trade.
Nine small-scale producers currently dominate the manufacture of candles and incense, with main markets for their goods in Singapore and Japan.
One local businessman interviewed by Antara, Made Suprapti, said he began making the candles three years ago at the suggestion of an Italian tourist visiting Bali. The growing demand of a world-wide market for Bali candles and incense he attributed to the increasing quality of the locally made products and the resulting demand from new markets in the United States and Europe.
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