British workers have returned to work and consumers are increasingly spending money on clothing and chairs after closures were spread across the region earlier this month, government figures showed Thursday.
The share of workforce between April 5 and April 18 dropped to 13%, down from 17% in the last two weeks, according to a business survey conducted by the Office of National Statistics.
‘Necessary’ retail stores reopened in England and Wales on April 12, and English restaurants and cafes were able to cater to overseas customers. COVID bans are also down this month in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The ONS said prices for so-called ‘late’ items such as clothing and furniture had risen to 10% more than epidemics a week before April 22, up 21% from last week when stores reopened.
Spending on credit card debit debit card was now 98% of its value in February 2020, up from 91% last week, based on the amount of CHAPS payments from card issuers that Bank of England said, ONS said.
However, eating out and drinking in the open air – during the cold winter months – was not really fun.
After an urgent search on the first day that the restaurant and cafeteria reopened, reservations on April 24 were 62% of its same level on Saturday the same two years ago, similar to the 60% seen last week.
Pubs and restaurants in England are expected to be allowed to resume domestic chores, depending on public needs, on May 17th.
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