SINGAPORE — Smog blown in from forest fires in neighboring Indonesia is keeping shoppers at home in this city-state and retailers are taking a hit during a key sales period.
Lau Chuen Wei, an executive director at the Singapore Retailers Association, said that an informal poll of her organization's members indicated that foot traffic was significantly down and that sales had declined by between 8 to 12 percent year-on-year over the last seven days as Singaporeans sought refuge in air-conditioned homes and offices as air pollution levels reached record hazardous levels early Thursday afternoon.
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