Retailers in Indonesia are racing to implement online sale strategies amid the closure of many physical stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a possible sign of reprieve, retail sales in April rose for the first time in 17 months. The Indonesian Retailers Association said about 150 retail outlets in Jakarta were forced to close in the first four months of 2021. The pandemic has affected consumer spending with authorities imposing movement restrictions, and shorter opening hours for stores. The retail industry contributes about 13% of Indonesia’s total GDP, and employs 28 million workers.

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