Downtown Long Beach retail sales take 50% hit during pandemic

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A new report finds that retail sales in downtown Long Beach were down 50% in the first half of the year.

That's about $100 million in losses compared to the same period last year.

Researchers say many businesses blame the pandemic. But the report also found there has not been a major surge of empty storefronts in the area.

A Halloween-themed "Virtual Taste of Downtown" is planned for Friday night in Long Beach to support small businesses.
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