The winds of change are blowing for British high streets. And for the first time in a long time, things feel fresher and more optimistic. While last year the fall of retail titans dominated headlines, now it is news of a summer of ‘fun’ and ‘spending’. According to the British Retail Consortium when lockdown eased retail sales rose in May by the most since the Covid-19 pandemic. People have flocked to bars and restaurants to socialise, whilst footfall is steadily improving. But there’s no denying that things are still tough, with longer-term structural shifts to the way we live and work threatening recovery.
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