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Hong Kong June retail sales plunge 24.8% as spending, tourism evaporate

30 Jul 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong's retail sales plunged 24.8% in June from a year earlier, falling for the 17th consecutive month as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on tourism and spending in the city.

UPDATE 1-Hong Kong June retail sales plunge 24.8% as spending, tourism evaporate

30 Jul 2020

* June retail sales value drops 24.8% y/y, 17th month of decline

New virus outbreak dashes hopes for quick Hong Kong economic recovery

29 Jul 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong's long recession showed some signs of easing in the second quarter as coronavirus restrictions were lifted, but a quick recovery is now in doubt as a fresh wave of infections prompt the government to impose tough new health measures.

Hong Kong to suspend all schools due to spike in coronavirus cases

10 Jul 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong's Education Bureau on Friday announced the suspension of all schools from Monday after a sharp rise in locally transmitted coronavirus cases fuelled fears of renewed community spread.

Hong Kong May retail sales tumble as spending, tourism evaporate

30 Jun 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong's retail sales in May slumped 32.8% from a year earlier, falling for the 16th consecutive month as the virus pandemic slammed the brakes on tourism and spending in the city.

Hong Kong passes China national anthem bill amid protests by democracy lawmakers

04 Jun 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong passed a bill on Thursday that would criminalise disrespect of China's national anthem, a move critics see as the latest sign of Beijing's tightening grip on the semi-autonomous city. | Video

UPDATE 1-Hong Kong April retail sales tumble 36% as virus hammers demand

01 Jun 2020

HONG KONG, June 1 Hong Kong's retail sales slumped by 36% in value terms in April from a year earlier, falling for the 15th consecutive month, pummeled by the outbreak of the coronavirus that has put many retailers on the brink of collapse.

Hong Kong and Beijing officials defend security laws, citing threat of terrorism

25 May 2020

HONG KONG China's foreign ministry office in Hong Kong and the city's security chief on Monday defended proposed national security laws by describing some acts in mass pro-democracy protests last year as terrorism.

Hong Kong security, police chiefs warn of growing 'terrorism' as national laws loom

25 May 2020

HONG KONG Hong Kong's security and police chiefs said "terrorism" was growing in the city, as government departments rallied on Monday behind Beijing's plans to introduce national security laws after thousands took to the streets to protest against the move. | Video

UPDATE 1-Hong Kong economy slumps at record rate, virus clouds outlook

15 May 2020

* Outlook dim despite easing of virus restrictions (Adds government comments, details)

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