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Retail sales in the territory known as the Great Mall of China for the mainland Chinese tourists that flock there to stock up on lower-taxed luxury goods, slumped far below economists' expectations in January.
In a worrying sign for a city whose economy and property owners have become increasingly reliant on the luxury retailers whose outlets have squeezed restaurants and independent stores out of prime shopping areas, Hong Kong's retail sales fell 14.6 per cent by value in January from a year earlier.
Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had anticipated a 6.1 per cent decline.
This comes amid a slowdown in China's GDP growth to the lowest in 24 years, as the Beijing government allowed a multi-year property and credit boom to tail off.
President Xi Jinping's administration is also cracking down on corruption, which has dissuaded businessmen and suspiciously wealthy bureaucrats from buying luxury goods.