Hong Kong protests: Christmas cheer muted as spending falls, jobs lost

Roast goose shop Yat Lok near Central, which is typically packed with tourists and locals during lunch, on Dec 18, 2019. ST PHOTO: CLAIRE HUANG
Customers head to Lan Fong Yuen, in Sheung Wan, for local fare like milk tea and noodles with chicken topped with spring onions, but the eatery was relatively empty during dinner time compared to the lunch crowd. ST PHOTO: CLAIRE HUANG
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HONG KONG - Merrymaking in Hong Kong this festive season looks set to be more muted, with some consumers choosing to have more low-key celebrations instead of splashing out on Christmas and New Year.

Wiping out some of the joy this December is Hong Kong's weak economy that has entered a technical recession, and the government's struggle with protesters that has lasted seven months.

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