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Hong Kong protests sap sales for city's retailers

6.7% slump in June blamed on tourism slowdown amid demonstrations

HONG KONG -- Retailers in Hong Kong suffered a plunge in sales during June, as the mass street protests triggered by the city's now-suspended extradition bill took a heavy toll on consumption.

Total retail sales slumped 6.7% on the year, deeper than the 1.4% decline reported in May and far behind the market consensus, data released Thursday by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department shows.

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