Coronavirus forces American brands to cancel orders in Cambodia

T-shirts, skirts and shorts pile up in the clothing factories surrounding the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

Formerly destined for American and European stores, the spring and summer collections are the victims of the economic contagion that followed the spread of the coronavirus, causing last month the largest drop in retail sales in the United States ever recorded.

Brands such as Gap and Old Navy can no longer sell the clothes and have canceled their orders. This leaves factory owners and unpaid workers in an industry with a small financial cushion to endure weeks without business.

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