Milan Fashion Week carries on amid virus, economic concern

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Posted at 6:41 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 18:42:04-05

MILAN (AP) — Runway shows are continuing on the fourth day of Milan Fashion Week as the itinerant fashion crowd took an analytical attitude toward the cases of the new virus from China clustered not far away in northern Italy.

Milan is the capital of Italy's Lombardy region, which on Saturday reported 39 confirmed cases tied to a single patient.

For the moment, Fashion Week concerns lay elsewhere with the economic impact. Chinese consumers at home and abroad are responsible for one-third of global luxury sales.

The Italian fashion chamber has already forecast a 2% contraction in first-half revenues. But the chamber's president says there aren't any immediate signs of danger and ‘’We are tranquil and prudent.’’