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Ralph Lauren Sees up to $70 Million Coronavirus Sales Hit

The luxury goods maker has temporarily closed two thirds of its China stores due to the epidemic.
Ralph Lauren store | Source: Shutterstock
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  • Reuters

NEW YORK, United States — Ralph Lauren Corp said on Thursday it expects a $55 million to $70 million hit to its fourth-quarter sales in Asia from the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Shares of the company fell 3 percent to $120.01 in premarket.

About two-thirds of Ralph Lauren's 110 stores in China have been temporarily closed over the past week, the luxury goods maker said.

Supply chain disruptions in China could also impact a small portion of fourth-quarter orders globally, Ralph Lauren said.

The company, which derives about 4 percent of its total revenue from China, said the outbreak could also result in a $35 million to $45 million hit to its operating income in Asia.

The epidemic, which has claimed more than 1,300 lives and infected hundreds of thousands, has forced retailers, including Capri Holdings, Nike, Gucci-owner Kering, to shut stores or limit working hours in China.

Luxury goods makers like Canada Goose and Burberry have also predicted a hit to their sales and profit because of the outbreak.

By Arunima Kumar; editor: Ramakrishnan M.

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