Jing Take: Despite sharing a border with the mainland, where the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, Hong Kong initially kept its tally of infections low and was able to avoid the extreme lockdown measures introduced in other parts of the world. But now, the city is grappling with its third wave of infections. Alongside the virus, Hong Kong is also facing an additional dilemma, as its contracted by 9 percent year-on-year during the second quarter. reported that two of Hong Kong’s biggest landlords disclosed lackluster results at the end of the second quarter. Losses at Wharf Real Estate Investment Co. sank from $900 million (HK$7 billion) to $574 million (HK$4.45 billion) year-on-year for the six months ending on June 30. Meanwhile, Hang Lung Properties Ltd. dropped from a booming $454 million (HK$3.52 billion) a year ago to $328 million (HK$2.54 billion) today.
The Jing Take reports on a piece of the leading news and presents our editorial team’s analysis of the key implications for the luxury industry. In the recurring column, we analyze everything from product drops and mergers to heated debate sprouting on Chinese social media.