How The City’s Retail Witnessed A ‘Christmas’ Miracle, And Why Shopping Malls Aren’t Dying

Amid Hong Kong’s retail sales slump since last year’s social unrest, statistics have not shown favor to the city’s economic conditions, owing to the lack of tourism and continued political economy divide. The Census and Statistics Department revealed the total retail sales for August 2020 declined by 13.1% year-on-year, whereby the first eight months of the year saw a 30.2% negative in sales.

The largest category affected was of food and alcoholic drinks due to the third wave’s social distancing measures and dining regulations, which in effect spurred supermarket sales by 10.8% inspiring an additional uplift of 10.1% in electrical and other consumer durable goods for stay-at-home cooking. 

Yet, retailers and landlords have shown resilience as they had become well accustomed to the inevitable waves of Coronavirus cases causing suspension in several trades.

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L.A. County allows shopping malls, nail salons and playgrounds to reopen

Following months of closure, shopping centers and nail salons in Los Angeles County will be allowed to resume indoor operations with limited capacity over the next 10 days. Outdoor playgrounds have also been given the greenlight to reopen following the state’s allowance on Tuesday.



a close up of a busy city street: Nail salons will be able to reopen in L.A. County. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)


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Nail salons will be able to reopen in L.A. County. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

The decision to reopen parks falls to the jurisdiction that oversees such spaces, be it city or county. Nail salons and indoor malls will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity and per state guidance, mall food courts and common areas will remain closed.

Officials announced the update one day after the Board of Supervisors voted to direct the Department of Public Health to allow for school waiver applications for grades TK-2. The board also passed a motion to reopen

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