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Where UK retail shops are closing fastest

The coronavirus crisis has accelerated the shift away from retail premises towards e-commerce, a new study suggests. Around 300,000 square metres of retail space was lost in England and Wales in the past year, the equivalent of 42 football pitches, said private wealth and property law firm Boodle Hatfield. Manchester lost the largest amount of retail space, followed by Kingston upon Hull, Coventry, Sheffield and Peterborough, said the report. Boodle Hatfield said the current moratorium on evictions could be disguising the true impact of the pandemic on the retail sector…

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Cineworld closures could “turn leisure parks into disaster movies”

Experts fear firm’s mothballing of UK cinemas will spark a grim chain reaction for surrounding hospitality trade The nationwide closure of Cineworld’s theatres was the disaster movie nobody working in the UK’s battered leisure industry wanted to see. The mothballing of the country’s largest cinema operator not only spells hardship for its 5,500 staff but has set off a chain reaction that threatens the livelihoods of many more working in the neighbouring restaurants that rely on the multiplex trade. On Friday, the billboards outside the 14-screen Cineworld in Feltham, west…

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UK data identifes cities most impacted by 10pm curfew

CITIES IMPACTED MOST BY THE 10PM CURFEW Last month, Boris Johnson announced a raft of new nationwide restrictions in a bid to stem the increase in new COVID cases, including a 10pm curfew at hospitality businesses. Thousands of leisure venues have been affected, with some big cities seeing clusters of units shut down at curfew time. Our latest visualisation shows how different cities across the UK are being impacted, highlighting the number of units of hospitality categories for each location. Click the button below for a closer look… … visit…

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