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In the past year, COVID-19 decimated airlines, Beijing authorities halted Ant Group's expected $34.4 billion IPO, the Nikkei recovered its 1991 level, and China and the U.S. worked up their hostility toward Chinese tech companies.   © Nikkei Asia photo illustration
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The numbers of 2020, from grounded flights to soaring stocks

Our reporters recall the data that have illuminated the year of the pandemic

GRACE LI, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- In a week the world will finally say goodbye to a year of unprecedented disruption, in which the coronavirus pandemic has swept through every facet of Asian corporate life.

Hardly a company or business sector has been unaffected by COVID-19. For many, it has devastated sales, decimated customer numbers and almost overnight turned anticipated profits into steep losses.

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