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Hitachi and Dyson can't meet demand as Bangkok gasps for air

Grab experiences surge in food deliveries and vendors hawk counterfeit masks

Heeding a government call, a woman and prays with unlit incense ahead of the Lunar New Year at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on Jan. 28.
Heeding a government call, a woman and prays with unlit incense ahead of the Lunar New Year at Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on Jan. 28.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The severe air pollution blanketing the Thai capital has caught one of Japan's big electronics producers flat-footed and left one of Thailand's major retailers without enough designer air purifiers from the U.K.

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