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Are we shopping again? How busy are the skies? Track the UK economy’s recovery from lockdown

Written by on 22/09/2020

Economic activity has been crushed by the pandemic, but how quickly is it starting to recover?

From airports to shops and from factories to restaurants, Sky News is tracking up-to-the minute data showing where business is bouncing back – and where it is still struggling.

It’s designed to show what’s happening in the economy a bit more quickly than official figures, which might not be available until a few weeks or more later.

Are people shopping again?

High streets, shopping centres, and out-of-town retail parks were deserted at the height of the lockdown.

Now that non-essential stores are open again, footfall data shows how busy these areas are compared with the same period a year ago.

How full are restaurants?

Restaurants saw trade collapse during the lockdown, but Rishi Sunak‘s Eat Out To Help Out scheme helped them bounce back.

Figures from reservation service OpenTable compare the number of seated diners at reopened eateries in its networks in different countries with the same day a year before.

Is industry recovering?

Assembly lines fell silent when tough nationwide restrictions took effect in the spring, but factories have since been whirring back to life.

Monthly manufacturing PMI figures show how quickly activity has revved up again. Anything above the 50 level shows the sector growing, while below 50 it is shrinking.

How busy are the skies?

Aviation has been one of the sectors worst hit by restrictions designed to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Comparing airline capacity – the number of seats offered on flights – in different countries with where it was in January shows how busy the skies are today compared with pre-pandemic levels.

 Sky News

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