Back-to-school costs NIS 9b.

Ahead of the new school year, local industry invested $10 million into the development and design of hundreds of new products such as orthopedic backpacks and school bags, a sector that employs 5,000 people in 60 factories.

By SHARON WROBEL
August 27, 2007 07:43

 
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Parents spend about NIS 9 billion on back-to-school items for their children ahead of the start of the new school year, the Manufacturers Association of Israel reported on Sunday. According to data provided by the Association, the volume of made-in-Israel exercise books, writing and office tools bought by the pupils ahead of the start of the new school year rose by 3 percent to NIS 3.5b. over levels from the summer of 2006. Ahead of the new school year, local industry invested $10 million into the development and design of hundreds of new products such as orthopedic backpacks and school bags, a sector that employs 5,000 people in 60 factories.

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