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Online discounts soar as S Koreans avoid public places

Department store sales fell 17 per cent in the first week of June from a year earlier, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance said on Monday. Sales at large retail stores fell 3.4 per cent.


AS Korean shoppers shun public places over the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome, Shinsegae Co has a proposition: online discounts of as much as 80 per cent on brands including Armani Exchange and Vivienne Westwood.

In-store sales at large department stores - such...

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