THE recent civil service salary hikes are set to boost the performance of the consumer sector as disposable incomes increase, a local research firm has said. Last month government, in a move described by some as populist, awarded security forces a 22,5 percent pay rise before handing a 17,5 percent special allowance to all public servants. Local research firm IH Securities (IH) believes that these increases will spur the consumer sector, which has been resolute in the face of stark economic hardships which have plagued the southern African nation. “Activity in the retail operating environment is expected to remain relatively firm, with robust performance in primary sectors continuously aiding the group’s performance as disposable incomes and average spend expand. We…