As pressure grows on the UK government to share a lockdown exit plan, retail bosses are seeking clarity over what will happen to the Job Retention Scheme, under which furloughed staff salaries are being paid.
British retailers suffered their biggest fall in sales since the 2008 financial crisis in the first half of April as the coronavirus kept shoppers at home and forced store closures, the CBI said on Tuesday.
British retail sales fell this month as the coronavirus hit demand for products other than food, and the outlook for April is the bleakest since 2009, the Confederation of British Industry said on Wednesday.
UK retail sales ended last year badly and they seem to have started this year in just the same way, with no let-up expected in February either. Sales volumes were flat year-on-year for the third consecutive month.
Brexit will happen after the Conservatives won a resounding majority in the general election but we don't know what sort of Brexit it will be with the chances of both a hard and soft EU exit potentially having risen.
British shoppers picked up the pace of their spending last month - excluding distortions caused by the timing of Black Friday - as they took a break from worrying about Brexit, a survey showed on Tuesday.