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As China's coronavirus outbreak eases, a wary return to shops for consumers

As China's coronavirus outbreak eases, a wary return to shops for consumers

A Bain & Company report predicts a post-epidemic consumption recovery will "largely follow patterns similar" to the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak.

  • 18.03.2020
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Reuters

As China's coronavirus outbreak eases, a wary return to shops for consumers

"This has certainly been a fragile time in the psyche of Chinese consumers with all the fear and anxieties caused by uncertainty and information overflow," said Derek Deng, partner with Bain & Company in Shanghai.

A Bain & Company report predicts a post-epidemic consumption recovery will "largely follow patterns similar" to the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak. Then spending on food and cosmetics saw a quick return to normal while demand for clothing surged beyond pre-epidemic levels. But just when a full recovery will happen remains unclear.

"Consumer sentiment is still in the process of returning from panic to normal or a new normal," said Deng.

Reuters