(Feb 21): A rapidly increasing number of companies – from Apple to Australian commodity exporters – are issuing revised profit figures as the Covid-19 coronavirus slowdown hits their bottom lines.

In China it is estimated that some 78% of companies do not have sufficient staff to run a full production line. About one-third of the country’s migrant workers will also not have returned to work at the beginning of March. Other surveys say 48% cite lack of staff as the biggest challenge in the next two to four weeks and 30% say restoring logistics lines is the major challenge.

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