Numbers of shoppers in Britain's high streets, retail parks and shopping centres in May were 81.6% lower that the same month a year ago as most non-food stores remained closed due to the coronavirus lockdown, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said.
福利网站British finance minister Rishi Sunak is considering a range of measures, from tax cuts to hiring incentives, as he tries to steer the world's fifth-biggest economy towards recovery after its 25% coronavirus crash in March and April.
福利网站Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said the British central bank had to be ready to do more to help the country's economy because of the risk of long-term damage caused by the coronavirus shutdown.
福利网站Britain's economy shrank by a quarter over March and April as entire sectors were shuttered by the coronavirus lockdown in what looks likely to be the bottom of a "catastrophic" crash before a long and slow recovery.
福利网站The coronavirus pandemic has had a severe impact on Britain's economy but the steps the government has taken, including supporting salaries, grants and tax cuts will help it to recover, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday.
Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost since Britain went into coronavirus-led lockdown. Even as shops and factories begin to reopen, companies continue to lay off staff to cut costs and ride out the pandemic.