Retail sales saw a revised 8.3 percent drop in March amid COVID-19 shutdowns, followed by a revised record 14.7-percent plunge in April. As businesses gradually reopened across the nation, retail sales increased by a revised 18.2 percent in May, followed by a revised 8.4 percent growth in June. … [Read more...] about U.S. retail sales edge up 1.2 pct in July amid resurgence of COVID-19 cases
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“Office workers are essential,” said Ros Morgan, chief executive of the Heart of London Business Alliance, which represents 500 retail, cultural and hospitality businesses between Leicester Square and Piccadilly, “I do worry about how long the West End can last without them. We are having conversations about how we can encourage employers to bring their workers back.” … [Read more...] about ‘It’s the worst I’ve ever seen’: London’s West End struggles to bounce back
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