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Official recession: the economy shrank by 20.4% versus the first three months of the year during April, May and June as a result of Covid-19 lockdown measures

UK enters first recession in 11 years

By Stuart Stone

The UK economy has slipped into its first technical recession since 2009 after suffering its biggest slump on record as a knock-on effect of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

National priority: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said there was a 'moral duty' to get children back into classrooms in September

Boris Johnson would close pubs before schools in severe local lockdowns

By Nikkie Thatcher

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled getting children back in schools “a moral duty” amid suggestions that he would force the closure of pubs, restaurants and shops ahead of shutting schools in the event of severe local spikes in coronavirus cases.

Company confidence: 'we are encouraged by the initial strength of our trading performance to date,' Loungers' latest trading update explained

‘Encouraging’ July trading for Loungers

By Stuart Stone

Café-bar operator Loungers has revealed relatively flat year-on-year July trading across its 165-strong stable despite post-lockdown trading restrictions.