March 12, 2020 / 11:41 PM / 20 days ago

Apple reopens all its branded stores in China

March 13 (Reuters) - Apple Inc has reopened all 42 of its branded stores in China, more than a month after they were shut due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak, the iPhone maker's Chinese website showed on Friday.

Apple's China website has listed the opening time for all stores, which vary from 10:00 am to 11:00 am local time. The website had previously carried an advisory saying not all stores were open.

China placed curbs on travel and asked residents to avoid public places in late January, just ahead of the Lunar New Year festival, a major gift-giving holiday. Those restrictions stayed largely in place through most of February.

The company sold fewer than half a million iPhones in China in February, government data showed on Monday, as the outbreak halved demand for smartphones. Apple had announced the shuttering of its branded stores in early February. (Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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