There are a few supermarkets and department stores, but most urban trade is conducted in small shops. Most trade in rural areas is conducted in open markets. A few American fast-food franchises have opened in the country in recent years. Price controls are applied to a number of goods. Credit cards are not widely accepted.
The ITIFAS trade fair, held in October, serves as an annual showcase for Surinamese products. Suri-Flora, held every April, is a major exhibition for horticulture and agriculture.
Business hours are Monday–Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM . Banks are open weekdays from 6 AM to 12:30 PM , and on Saturdays 8–11 AM .