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Chinese snap up used Rolexes, Birkins to satisfy luxury cravings amid slowdown

By Casey Hall SHANGHAI, Sept 28 (Reuters) - China's coronavirus-driven economic slowdown is proving to be a boon for Zhu Tainiqi, the Shanghai-based founder of second-hand luxury goods marketplace ZZER, who is now scouting for shop space to expand the business. The former venture capitalist is seeing a surge in people looking to sell their Hermes Birkin bags or Rolex watches to raise cash, as well as a jump in interest from belt-tightening shoppers.
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Frugal is the new cool for young Chinese as economy falters

By Albee Zhang and Tony Munroe BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Before the pandemic, Doris Fu imagined a different future for herself and her family: new car, bigger apartment, fine dining on weekends and holidays on tropical islands. Instead, the 39-year old Shanghai marketing consultant is one of many Chinese in their 20s and 30s cutting spending and saving cash where they can, rattled by China's coronavirus lockdowns, high youth unemployment and a faltering property market.
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European shares get September off to bad start as rate hike concerns grow

* EZ factory Aug activity shrinks as consumers stay cautious * Durex maker Reckitt announces sudden CEO departure * Miners lead losses; China's Chengdu locks down 21.2 mln people * German retail sales unexpectedly rise in July By Anisha Sircar and Shreyashi Sanyal Sept 1 (Reuters) - European stocks got September off to a weak start on Thursday, falling to seven-week lows on deepening worries about economic growth, aggressive interest rate hikes and record-high inflation.
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Luxury sneakers may be a step too far for cash-strapped Gen Z

By Casey Hall and Mimosa Spencer SHANGHAI/PARIS, Aug 18 (Reuters) - From $300 bucket hats to $900 sneakers and $700 t-shirts, the high-flying luxury sector is fretting over the appetite among financially stretched Gen Z consumers for such "aspirational" purchases. Executives are troubled in particular by a hit to young Chinese shoppers, not only because mainland China has been a major driver of the industry's growth in recent years, but also because high end consumers in the world's second-large
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China's Sanya holiday hotspot shuts duty-free malls, venues to curb COVID

By Casey Hall SHANGHAI, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Sanya, a top tropical holiday destination on China's southern Hainan island, began closing its duty free malls on Friday in response to a worsening COVID-19 outbreak. Since China shut its international borders in early 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19, Hainan's duty-free industry has boomed, becoming a vital channel for global brands from Gucci to Coach, La Mer to L'Oreal OPREP.PA to reach Chinese shoppers.
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