Britain’s independent shops buck Covid sales slump in 2020

Travel curbs and homeworking prompt people to shop locally instead of in city centres

Britain’s independent shops had a sales boost in 2020 despite an overall drop in retail spending, as Covid travel restrictions and working from home prompted consumers to shop on local high streets instead of city centres.

Data from Barclaycard shows spending at independent food and drink shops, including off-licences, butchers and bakeries, jumped 28.6% in 2020 compared with a year earlier.

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