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Two fake Apple stores closed in China

Three still operational after no fake products found

Two fake Apple stores have been shut down in China.
Two fake Apple stores have been shut down in China.

Officials in China have discovered five fake Apple stores in a south-western city, they have ordered two of these to close shop while investigations are conducted, according to the Press Association.

Officials were unable to close the other three stores because they were unable to find any counterfeit Apple products for sale, despite the Apple logos and signs being prominently displayed in the stores, according to a report by a local newspaper posted on the Kunming city government's website.

The investigation into fake Apple stores began after an American woman, who lives in Kunming in Yunnan province, came across three fake Apple stores, took photos and posted them on her BirdAbroad blog.

The blogger said the shops even resemble real Apple stores right down to the curved staircase and the staff wearing the customary blue T-shirts.

After the blog post was posted last week, the Kunming Trade and Industry Bureau inspected more than 300 electronics stores in Kunming and found the five fake Apple stores.

Apple has four real company stores in China - two in Beijing and two in Shanghai - and various official resellers.