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Coronavirus pandemic fuels Asia e-commerce boom

Online retail basks in 'stay-at-home' shopping surge

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered consumer habits and lifestyles, which some e-commerce retailers expect to remain as a legacy of the global health crisis. (Nikkei Montage/Source photo by Getty Images, Reuters and screenshot from CapitaLand) 

SINGAPORE -- E-commerce retailers across Asia have seen explosive sales growth during the pandemic crisis as consumers under lockdown splurge online.

With brick-and-mortar retail outlets virtually shut out of the market, government enforced lockdowns have also provided an unexpected boost for niche e-commerce platforms that consumers may never have visited otherwise.

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