Coronavirus took toll on Japan's auto and retail sales in February

Business Mar 3, 2020

Coronavirus took toll on Japan's auto and retail sales in February

Automakers and department store operators reported sharp sales declines in February as the spread of the new coronavirus dented consumer sentiment and drove away foreign tourists. The weak data came as analysts warned of a second consecutive quarter of contraction in January to March, with ...

School closures causing shorter retail and restaurant business hours

Business Mar 3, 2020

School closures causing shorter retail and restaurant business hours

School closures due to the coronavirus outbreak are exacerbating manpower shortages at retailers and restaurants, forcing them to cut their business hours. The emergency closures of elementary through high schools began Monday. They are to remain shut until spring break ends in April. Many working parents ...