BERLIN, Germany — Informal clothes chain Uniqlo plans to reopen two shops in Berlin this week, the primary in Europe to renew trade after the vast majority of its shops there have been closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Japan’s Rapid Retailing Co. operates 98 Uniqlo shops in Europe. All are closed excluding for one within the Swedish capital of Stockholm the place shops and colleges stay open, an organization spokeswoman mentioned.

Despite the fact that maximum Uniqlo shops in China, its greatest enlargement marketplace, have reopened as coronavirus infections there have dropped, the outbreak disrupted the corporate’s provide chain and compelled it to close over part of its 750 shops within the nation.

This month, Rapid Retailing forecast a 44 p.c fall in running benefit for the 12 months via August.

A worsening outbreak in Japan has compelled it to briefly shut 289 shops and shorten hours at just about 300 in its house marketplace as of Tuesday.

By way of Ritsuko Ando; editors: Clarence Fernandez and Edwina Gibbs

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