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Southeast Asia's garment supply chain torn up by virus

Inventories under pressure at Uniqlo

Garment factories in Vietnam and elsewhere in Southeast Asia rely heavily on China for supplies. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

HANOI/TOKYO/PHNOM PENH -- The coronavirus outbreak is wreaking havoc on Southeast Asia's garment supply chain, threatening the inventories of international brands such as Uniqlo, Gap and Nike.

Uniqlo's shipments from Vietnamese suppliers have been delayed by about two weeks, according to a source familiar with the Japanese fashion brand's supply structure, potentially leading to stock shortages by March. Uniqlo has already pushed back the launch of some new product lines.

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