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How Sasseur’s outlet mall business is cooking – despite the heat

For one of China’s leading outlet mall operators, extreme weather and lockdowns have been taken in stride. Chongqing, a city of 30 million people  on the Yangtze River in western China, is famous for its hotpots. It is reputed to have more than 50,000 hotpot eateries and indeed the hotpot concept probably originated there. But at times in recent months, the whole city has turned into a hotpot: on 18 August for example, the mercury reached an astonishing 45 degrees, the highest temperature eve