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Swiss Watch Exports on Track for Biggest Decline in 80 Years

This content was published on November 19, 2020 - 08:00

(Bloomberg) -- Swiss watch exports are heading for their biggest annual slump in 80 years as the pandemic upended tourism and demand for luxury goods.

Exports have plunged 26% in the first 10 months of the year, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry. Shipments fell 7.1% to 1.9 billion francs ($2 billion) in October, the smallest percentage decline in nine months.

While China has bounced back thanks to strong domestic demand, markets across Europe are still suffering. A resurgent virus has led to new restrictions, suggesting “a somewhat pessimistic outlook for the next few months,” the federation said in the statement.

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