Retail sales close to pre-lockdown levels in June | UK Market Update

  • Jul 27, 2020 BST
  • Team Kalkine

UK retail sales were near pre-lockdown levels in June, as the reopening of shops released pent-up demand. The amount of goods sold last month increased by 13.9% compared to May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Separately, a survey showed that activity in the UK's services and manufacturing sectors returned to growth last month. However, economists warned that the country's recovery would take time. June's rise in retail sales followed record falls in April and a partial recovery in May as the coronavirus pandemic led to widespread shop closures. Online sales continued accounting for £3 out of every £10 spent by consumers.

Garmin has been forced to shut down its call centers, website and some other online services after a ransomware attack encrypted the smartwatch maker’s internal network and some production systems. The US company shut down services including the official Garmin website and all customer services, including phone lines, online chat and email. The attack had a significant impact on Garmin watch owners as it also shut down the Garmin Connect service, which they rely on to synchronize their sporting activities, such as running, swimming and cycling, with a smartphone app to monitor performance. In messages on its website and shared on Twitter, the company apologized to users and explained the extent of the shutdown.

Indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities in England have started to reopen in the latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown. But the leisure sector has warned it will still struggle because of the financial impact of the pandemic. At least a third of public facilities are expected to remain shut. Gyms must follow strict hygiene and social distancing measures, such as limiting the number of people using the facility and spacing out equipment. Facilities should also reduce class sizes and ensure adequate ventilation, according to government guidance issued earlier this month. Swim England has published separate guidance for operators on how to reopen indoor pools, including implementing a one-way entry and exit system.

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