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A new report predicts the retail industry will feel effects from the COVID-19 pandemic even after shops are allowed to gradually reopen, as consumers will likely remain wary of shopping in-person.

The report from KPMG predicts lower rates of consumer spending “will disproportionately impact the same retailers that were forced to close their outlets during the lockdown,” and that sales for apparel, speciality and department stores will fall off “and remain depressed until employment and consumer confidence rebound.”

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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