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Technology Microsoft is closing its retail stores around the world indefinitely because of the coronavirus crisis

19:20  17 march  2020
19:20  17 march  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

Apple says its retail stores are closed 'until further notice'

  Apple says its retail stores are closed 'until further notice' Apple may have been optimistic when it said that its stores would be closed until March 27th. The iPhone maker has posted a message on its site telling visitors that its retail locations are "closed until further notice" as it contends with the coronavirus pandemic. We've asked Apple to say if this is a formal extension of its closures, but it's safe to presume that you shouldn't count on picking up some AirPods at the end of the month. A longerA longer shutdown would make sense in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Prolonged pressure on credit markets could push the coronavirus hit into the third quarter and drive an even deeper recession of -0.6% annual global growth, the economists READ NOW: Microsoft is closing its retail stores around the world indefinitely because of the coronavirus crisis ( MSFT ) ».

Apple has amended the banner on its US site to inform consumers that its locations will be shutdown 'until further notice' due to coronavirus Apple updated the banner on its US site to say stores will be close indefinitely . The move comes after the firm closed locations for two weeks around the world .

Microsoft is closing all of its retail stores indefinitely due to novel coronavirus health concerns. The company operates over a hundred such stores all over the world, including a flagship location in New York City.

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"We know families, remote workers and businesses are under unique pressure at this time, and we are still here to serve you online at microsoft.com," the company wrote on Twitter on Monday night announcing the closures.

Microsoft said the closures were effective immediately. The company joins several major retailers in closing stores amid the outbreak.

Apple previously said it would keep all stores outside of China closed until March 27, but a banner that appeared on the company's website on Tuesday said the stores are closed "until further notice," suggesting longer closures.

An analyst survey on Monday suggested Microsoft could weather the outbreak while many companies are expected to cut spending and delay deals because of three key businesses: the Azure cloud, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.

Whole Foods to give older shoppers some exclusive access amid COVID-19 pandemic .
The stores will also start closing up to two hours early "to restock shelves, sanitize our stores and rest in preparation for the next day."Starting Wednesday, customers who are 60 and older will be able to shop at stores in the US and Canada one hour before opening time for the general public. For instance, if a store's posted hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., these older customers can come in starting at 8 a.m.

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