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China retailers turn to internet to boost customers

Survival at stake as department stores, shopping malls lose ground to online rivals

At New World Department Store China's outlet in Shanghai, customers can use their smartphone to read the 2-D barcode to see how much an item costs.

HONG KONG -- With their presence increasingly eroded by online rivals, China's major brick-and-mortar retailers are increasingly adopting internet technologies to bolster operations.

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