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US retail rent negotiations get messy with US$20b due

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With stores shuttered around the US, struggling retail chains and small businesses are laying off tens of thousands of workers and trying to figure out if they can make rent as the coronavirus outbreak batters the economy.

[WASHINGTON] Retailers and landlords are locked in an awkward dance as April rent comes due.

Major chains including Mattress Firm and Subway have told landlords they will postpone or slash payments in coming months. Mall operators say they expect to be paid. Best Buy, meanwhile, plans to...

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