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In a Year of No Trade Fairs, Germany Takes It Hard

The funeral directors will have to wait for their big get-together. So will the toymakers, the equestrians and the vegans.All those groups and many more had scheduled trade fairs to take place in Germany in recent months. But these rituals of business life, a chance for people to make deals, check out the competition and commune with others in the same walk of life, are in crisis.The mass cancellation of trade fairs has been a disaster for hotels, restaurants and taxi drivers around the world, but especially in Germany. The country has four of the world’s 10 largest …

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