Hong Kong retail sales are expected to post their steepest fall on record in January at around 30%, while tourist arrivals in February fell to under 3,000 a day on average, from around 100,000 in January.
For some shopkeepers in Paris, home to prestigious stores where Chinese tourists love to splurge, an abrupt drop-off in visitors as China tries to contain a fast-spreading coronavirus health crisis is hitting hard.
Sales to global shoppers are continuing to grow in London but while its status as the key destination is undiminished, it has lost share to Birmingham and Manchester this year, says tax-free payments specialist Planet.
Kipling is continuing its brand reinvention and its latest step will be a move into hard-case luggage next year. The brand best known for its crinkle nylon material will launch a hard-shell range in February.
Fashion retailer Missguided is diving into the holiday market and while that doesn’t mean it’s directly organising fashion package tours, it has launched Missguided Vacays with comparison and deals website icelolly.com.
International shopper spending growth is slowing in the UK and that's bad news for luxury fashion labels, although on the plus side, those shoppers who do visit Britain seem to be spending more per transaction.