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Hong Kong retail sales plunge 44 per cent in February

February saw a catastrophic collapse in Hong Kong retail sales, which slumped a massive 44 per cent year on year, the greatest fall in the city’s history.

AS Watson sales grew 7 per cent last year, despite protests

Health-and-beauty retailer AS Watson recorded 7 per cent growth last year despite the political unrest in its key Hong Kong market.

Esprit places its German subsidiaries into administration

Hong Kong-listed apparel retailer Esprit has placed six German subsidiary companies in administration to give them protection during the coronavirus crisis which has decimated sales.

Tao Heung shuts 48 restaurants for a fortnight in coronavirus fight

Chinese restaurant operator Tao Heung will shutter all 48 of its venues for more than a month following tightening restrictions on dining in Hong Kong.

Apple reverses bulk-order ban and updates on opening plans

US tech giant Apple has reversed restrictions on buying multiple iPhones from its online store imposed last week.

Anta Sports sets sales and profit records

“From a long-term perspective, the Covid-19 outbreak will not last for an indefinite period of time and consumers’ needs for health and fitness products will definitely be heightened, which will contribute to the group’s swift recovery after the crisis.”

Bankruptcies, store closures dent Li & Fung turnover

Record store closures and bankruptcies in the retail industry dented turnover and profit for supply-chain solutions company Li & Fung.

Link secures its first sustainability-linked loan

Hong Kong Reit Link Asset Management has signed an AU$212 million (US$123 million) five-year sustainability-linked loan with DBS Bank.

Apple limits online sales of iPhone as stocks shrink

Apple has placed restrictions on bulk purchases of its iPhones in some Asian territories after the coronavirus outbreak caused interruptions to supply.

Hong Kong recession sees locals sell off luxury goods

Hong Kong’s economic recession has proved a strong incentive for locals to sell off their luxury goods, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review.

Smiggle parent Premier Investments feeling the impact of pandemic

Premier Investments has weathered a string of global crises, including Brexit, Hong Kong protests and Australia’s bushfires to post record sales and earnings in the first half of the financial year.

Luk Fook sales plummet by half in first two months of 2020

Hong Kong jeweller Luk Fook says its sales halved during the first two months of this year as the coronavirus outbreak caused extensive lockdown of mainland Chinese cities.