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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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Dying dad creates fundraiser to help wife and daughter

A dad with terminal cancer, and just a week to live, has started a GoFundMe page for his wife and daughter.

Jeffrey McKnight, from the US state of Oregon, has lymphoma and on Thursday tweeted a doctor had informed him he had a week to live and had been taken to the emergency room.

Mr McKnight, who runs the McKnight Lab with his wife Laura at the University of Oregon, tweeted about feeling exhausted and sleeping up to 24 hours a day in the lead up to being told he was going to die in seven days.

He now hopes he can raise enough money to support his wife and his daughter Katherine, 7, after he passes.

Jeffrey McKnight and his daughter Katherine, 7. Mr McKnight has terminal cancer. Source: GoFundMe

“My wife, Laura, has been nothing but a hero during this time,” he wrote on the GoFundMe page.

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