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Retail landlord Hammerson to hold virtual AGM

Retail landlord Hammerson to hold virtual AGM

The shopping centre owner, whose portfolio of leading retail destinations include Brent Cross, Grand Central and the Bullring, is observing the government’s ban on all non-essential travel within the UK.
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Coronavirus batters Brazilian retail, travel and factories

Coronavirus batters Brazilian retail, travel and factories

The new coronavirus outbreak hammered Brazilian retail, transport and manufacturing on Wednesday, and the government stopped accepting Venezuelan refugees at the border.
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Airport retailer Dufry trims jobs as coronavirus drags down sales

Airport retailer Dufry trims jobs as coronavirus drags down sales

Swiss firm Dufry is cutting jobs and guiding for a single-digit decrease in organic sales this year as the coronavirus pandemic that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to ban air travel from Europe hits its business.
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Trump stops flights from Europe, global alarm over coronavirus spreads

Trump stops flights from Europe, global alarm over coronavirus spreads

U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sweeping restrictions on travel from Europe, hitting battered airlines and heightening global alarm over the coronavirus.
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New retail body works to boost UK's appeal to tourist shoppers

New retail body works to boost UK's appeal to tourist shoppers

A new UK retail body has been set up as Britain faces a growing threat from the coronavirus that has already dented tourist shopper visits from key regions such as Southeast Asia.
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Amazon tells employees to defer all non-essential travel due to coronavirus

Amazon tells employees to defer all non-essential travel due to coronavirus

Amazon.com Inc said all employees should defer non-essential travel including within the United States, in a significant escalation by the world’s largest online retailer to guard against the spread of the coronavirus.
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EU mulling aid to coronavirus-hit sectors

EU mulling aid to coronavirus-hit sectors

The European Commission is planning to announce within a month a series of measures to assist the sectors whose activity has been most affected by the Covid 19 outbreak, notably tourism.
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Tourist spending in Europe hit two-year high in 2019 says Planet

Tourist spending in Europe hit two-year high in 2019 says Planet

Europe may be reeling from lower tourist numbers on the back of the coronavirus outbreak, but tourism remains a key source of shopping activity as a new report for 2019 shows.
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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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