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Buying and selling of products as an activity allows operation at any level within the economy because the character of the activity is such that it fixes no lower limit to investment. This makes it possible for people with no skills and no capital to participate in the urban economy. The large number and the speed of growth in small-scale retailing indicate that it is providing an important alternative to the apparently limited employment opportunities urban economy. This study focuses on a major sub-group of these workers engaged in corner shops, those set up on pavements and in other public space, supporting one or two workers

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