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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong tourist economy suffers as protests rage on

Recessionary fears grow as retailers, hoteliers and airlines suffer from declining arrivals

Anti-extradition bill protesters use trolleys to stop passengers from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration at Hong Kong International Airport on Aug.13.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- New data released Friday underscored how Hong Kong's continuing anti-government protests are affecting the city's tourism, hotel and retail sectors, adding to expectations that the economy is entering a recession.

The gloomiest figures emerged from retailers. Their total sales for July declined 11.4% from a year earlier to $34.4 billion, according to the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, expanding on a 6.7% drop in June.

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