June 5, 2020 / 5:27 AM / a month ago

Singapore retail sales post record 40.5% fall in April during COVID-19 lockdown

FILE PHOTO: People wait in a snaking queue to redeem a complimentary three-hour parking coupon, which is part of a promotion to boost retail sales amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, after shopping at Changi Jewel Airport in Singapore, March 7, 2020. REUTERS/Loriene Perera/File photo

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore’s retail sales fell a record 40.5% in April from a year ago due to lockdown measures implemented in the city-state to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The fall is the biggest since 1986 in the earliest data that is available on the Singapore Department of Statistics website.

The city-state is this week slowly reopening after a nationwide lockdown in early April which saw most workplaces and non-essential shops shut.

Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Tom Hogue

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