The reopening of pubs, campsites and hairdressers fuelled a rebound in activity, while car sales exceeded pre-crisis levels for the first time. After widespread stoppages during lockdown, manufacturing activity recovered and housebuilding activity rose, although the ONS said production and construction levels still remained well below previous levels. … [Read more...] about UK’s economic recovery from Covid-19 crisis continues
Much of the recovery since the dog days of April can be attributed to the easing of lockdown restrictions. Bricks and mortar retailers reopened in June, and in July pubs and restaurants returned, albeit with distancing reducing capacity and anxiety capping demand. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Is the UK’s economic recovery already losing steam?
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Footfall in local shopping hotspots has not increased as much as hoped, despite the reopening of hospitality and leisure venues earlier this month. Mobile phone location data analysed by Google shows footfall in UK retail and recreation outlets has risen in recent weeks, although is still down 35% compared with pre-pandemic levels. … [Read more...] about Rises in UK retail sales and business activity boost Covid-19 recovery hopes
The garden rooms, of which a small number have been sold, are marketed as possible music or yoga studios, but people have been using them as home offices, gyms and even tattoo studios. “People are leaving their properties on high streets and realising they can run their business at home,” Parinchy said. … [Read more...] about ‘I’m hopeful but cautious’: business owners on UK recovery