A pile of fans greets customers by the entrance of the K-rauta hardware shop in Ruoholahti, Helsinki. Although the weather has guaranteed that Finns have little need for fans and other cooling products, shopkeeper Hannu Toivonen refuses to despair. “I bought the pile for next to nothing. It's a longer term investment,” he laughs.
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Cold weather affects sales
For hardware shops, the cold summer weather has affected the demand for exterior paints, as people prefer to use their time and money on home improvements rather than painting the walls of their summer cottages.