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Coronavirus Puts Back-to-School Shopping on the ‘Do It Now’ List

  • Retailers face disruptions in their supply chains from China
  • Delays would hurt merchants facing store closings, tariffs
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While you’re hoarding wipes and toilet paper, you might want to stock up now on clothing and other supplies for the back-to-school season.

That’s because retailers are preparing orders for August as manufacturers in China cope with coronavirus shutdowns and delays, and there might not be enough goods to go around.