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French fashion brand may limit single client purchases amid soaring demand

The possible wider use of purchase limits comes amid an industry drive for exclusivity, with the French fashion brand repeatedly hiking prices for its handbags during the pandemic. The group says its aim is also to reduce the price gap between different regions.
Shoppers wait in line to enter a Chanel store in San Francisco, California, US. US retail sales grew at a solid pace in April, reflecting broad-based gains and suggesting demand for merchandise remains resilient despite rampant inflation. (Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)
Shoppers wait in line to enter a Chanel store in San Francisco, California, US. US retail sales grew at a solid pace in April, reflecting broad-based gains and suggesting demand for merchandise remains resilient despite rampant inflation. (Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)
Updated on May 25, 2022 08:30 AM IST
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Americans plan for summer vacations even as a Covid-19 surge is underway

A Covid-19 surge is underway that is starting to cause disruptions as the school year wraps up and Americans prepare for summer vacations. Many people, though, have returned to their pre-pandemic routines and plans, which often involve travel.
Tourists from Australia sit on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Covid case counts are as high as they've been since mid-February and those figures are likely a major undercount because of unreported home tests and asymptomatic infections but the beaches beckoned and visitors have flocked to Hawaii, especially in recent months. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Tourists from Australia sit on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Covid case counts are as high as they've been since mid-February and those figures are likely a major undercount because of unreported home tests and asymptomatic infections but the beaches beckoned and visitors have flocked to Hawaii, especially in recent months. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
Updated on May 25, 2022 08:16 AM IST
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AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Honolulu

Paris tourism rebounds as Europeans, Americans return post drop in mask wearing

Paris is the second-most sought-after destination worldwide this year, behind London. After the country dropped some of its last mask-wearing requirements this month, it has steadily pushed up hotel room rates and occupancy.
Paris tourism rebounds as Europeans, Americans return post drop in mask wearing (Thibault Camus/ASSOCIATED PRESS/picture alliance)
Paris tourism rebounds as Europeans, Americans return post drop in mask wearing (Thibault Camus/ASSOCIATED PRESS/picture alliance)
Updated on May 23, 2022 07:18 PM IST
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Paris sees return of tourists post-pandemic but Asians, Americans stay away

The Paris tourist office is forecasting that foreign visits will increase more than five-fold in May-July compared to the same period last year, mainly thanks to tourists from Spain, Germany, Britain and Italy. 
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Paris sees return of tourists post-pandemic but Asians, Americans stay away (Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg)
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Paris sees return of tourists post-pandemic but Asians, Americans stay away (Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg)
Updated on May 12, 2022 08:30 AM IST
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US tells citizens to avoid Shanghai, Hong Kong on ‘arbitrary’ Covid travel curbs

In a travel advisory, Washington highlighted Hong Kong, and Jilin province in north-eastern China in addition to Shanghai as places Americans should not travel to “due to Covid-19-related restrictions, including the risk of parents and children being separated.” 
A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus views the cherry blossoms as visitors tour the Yuyuantan Park during a spring festival in Beijing. Three local officials in Shanghai have been sacked over a slack response to the Covid-19 outbreak in China's largest city, where residents are complaining that harsh lockdown conditions have led to shortages of food and basic necessities (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus views the cherry blossoms as visitors tour the Yuyuantan Park during a spring festival in Beijing. Three local officials in Shanghai have been sacked over a slack response to the Covid-19 outbreak in China's largest city, where residents are complaining that harsh lockdown conditions have led to shortages of food and basic necessities (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Updated on Apr 09, 2022 08:22 PM IST
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