Return to work is too late to save city centres, says British Retail Consortium

With September rents fast approaching, ‘many retailers are hanging on by a thread’

The slow return of UK workers to their normal place of work will come too late to save hard-pressed city centre stores from going under, the body that represents retailers has said.

Despite a pick-up in spending in August, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said sales were still below their pre-pandemic level and the lack of people was having a devastating impact on shops operating in places once thronged with workers.

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