Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a 21-day lockdown from Tuesday midnight, but a federal government advisory suggested exempting e-commerce deliveries of essentials such as food and medical equipment in addition to grocery stores and banks.
Here are comparisons of several sectors that are thriving and failing in pandemic:
Forever 21 was founded in 1984 and, along with other so-called fast-fashion chains like H&M and Zara, rode a wave of popularity among young customers that took off in the mid-1990s.
Despite investors' expectations of robust sales, big department stores reported disappointing sales figures for the holiday season, sending their share values tumbling.
The company's Turkey branch said in a statement on Wednesday that it would offer products across 15 categories for Turkish customers on its new website.
Shoppers in the US spent generously over the "Black Friday" weekend in late November that kicks off the holiday shopping season, and buying has picked up further in December.
Early online sales increase 16.8 percent from last year as more than 160 million Americans are estimated to shop this weekend.
Store employees say the massive shopping event does not lure chaotic crowds as it used to, as shoppers now prefer online deals
The owner of the Gristedes chain of grocery stores is in meltdown after ice cream thieves cleaned out his freezer cases.
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