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Coronavirus could be knockout blow for Hong Kong's once-thriving tourism, retail sectors

Coronavirus could be knockout blow for Hong Kong's once-thriving tourism, retail sectors

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.
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Retail should recover quickly post-coronavirus says expert, but Bicester Village suffers as tourist trips fall

Retail should recover quickly post-coronavirus says expert, but Bicester Village suffers as tourist trips fall

A drop in Chinese tourism has been affecting key shopping destinations but the retail sector is hopeful that the recovery could be quick once the coronavirus has been contained.
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Via Outlets boosts growth in 2019 on upgrades, tourists and new brands

Via Outlets boosts growth in 2019 on upgrades, tourists and new brands

Via Outlets, the European premium outlet centre operator, said it saw strong growth in 2019, with increases across all metrics as remodelling works, new brands and a tourist focus all paid off.
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Paris shops feel the pinch as virus keeps Chinese tourists away

Paris shops feel the pinch as virus keeps Chinese tourists away

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.
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West End expects £17m boost from Chinese New Year shoppers

West End expects £17m boost from Chinese New Year shoppers

Coronavirus may be causing some uncertainty around the Lunar New Year shopping event for Chinese travellers, but London’s West End is still expecting high spending from tourists.
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Amazon boss Bezos to face protests from traders during India trip

Amazon boss Bezos to face protests from traders during India trip

Thousands of small-scale traders in India are planning to organise protests against Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos, who will visit the country next week.
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West End to see £136m spend over pre-Christmas weekend

West End to see £136m spend over pre-Christmas weekend

As the UK gears up for its final shopping weekend before Christmas, a new prediction says that shoppers should spend £136 million in London’s West End on Saturday and Sunday.
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Regional UK cities became tourist shopping hotspots in 2019 says Planet

Regional UK cities became tourist shopping hotspots in 2019 says Planet

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.
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Luxury
French retailers warn strikes could spoil Christmas season

French retailers warn strikes could spoil Christmas season

French retailers and hoteliers warned their crucial Christmas season could be spoiled if a strike, which was causing travel chaos for a second day on Friday, drags on for much longer.
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Fortnum & Mason sales and profits rise, opens Hong Kong store

Fortnum & Mason sales and profits rise, opens Hong Kong store

Luxe British retailer Fortnum & Mason saw its profits rising 26% in the year to mid-July as the luxury market prospered despite “the most challenging domestic retail backdrop in years”.
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Luxury
Kipling to launch hard-but-light luggage next year, follows rental debut

Kipling to launch hard-but-light luggage next year, follows rental debut

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.
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Missguided enters holiday market with Vacays offer targeting 'core customer'

Missguided enters holiday market with Vacays offer targeting 'core customer'

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.
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West End's £2.9bn investment to 'radically transform' Oxford Street

West End's £2.9bn investment to 'radically transform' Oxford Street

The next three years will see London's West End enjoying an almost £3 billion investment spend that will transform Oxford Street into an experiential location and boost visitors by 40%.
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Hong Kong September retail sales fall 18.3% as protests take toll

Hong Kong September retail sales fall 18.3% as protests take toll

Hong Kong's retail sales plunged in September as the anti-government protests that have gripped the Chinese-ruled city for nearly five months scared off tourists and battered spending.
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Fashion
UK retail sales growth to international shoppers hits six-month low - Planet

UK retail sales growth to international shoppers hits six-month low - Planet

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.
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Luxury
French travel goods brand Lipault appoints new general manager

French travel goods brand Lipault appoints new general manager

The French luggage and leather goods brand, bought by Samsonite in 2014, recently appointed Sébastien Valette as global general manager, succeeding Jonathan Dory.
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