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Haagen-Dazs Closes About Half Of Greater China Stores On Coronavirus Fears

General Mills Inc said on Tuesday nearly half of its Haagen-Dazs ice-cream shops in Greater China had been temporarily closed, amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the world's second biggest economy.

The epidemic, which has claimed nearly 1,900 lives, has forced companies with significant exposure to China to temporarily shut stores. Some have also warned of a hit to their earnings.

Impact Of The Outbreak

General Mills said it could not quantify the impact of the outbreak on its fiscal 2020 results at the time, although it reaffirmed its forecast for the fiscal year ended 31 May, 2020.

The Greater China region accounts for about 4% of the company's net sales, with Haagen-Dazs shops and other foodservice outlets making up about 40% of that.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company said Haagen-Dazs stores that remained open were operating under severely restricted hours.

The company operated 525 Haagen-Dazs ice-cream parlours and franchised 365 more outside of the United States and Canada, as of May 26, according to a regulatory filing.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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