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German economy minister says making every effort to keep retail open

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin
The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government will make every effort to ensure that retailers can keep their shops open in the course of the second wave of the pandemic, German economy minister Peter Altmaier said on Wednesday.

In a video statement at a retail congress, Altmaier said he hoped for catch-up effects for the current partial lockdown in December.

(Reporting by Kirsti Knolle)