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Number of workers on UK payrolls drops in May: ONS

LONDON (UK) – The number of people on British company payrolls dropped by more than 600,000 in April and May as the coronavirus lockdown ravaged the labour market, and vacancies plunged by the most on record, official data showed on Tuesday. The unemployment rate unexpectedly held steady at 3.9% over the three months to April […]

Greggs to reopen 800 stores across UK

LONDON (UK) – For Britons who are craving to have a Greggs sausage roll after the 12 weeks of coronavirus lockdown, the wait is almost over as the firm has announced its plans to reopen 800 shops on Thursday. The UK baker, also known for its steak bakes, vegan snacks and sweet treats, closed all […]

Europe reopening its borders but no free travel yet

BRUSSELS (Europe) – European countries ease some border controls on Monday after coronavirus lockdowns, but Spain’s continued closure, a patchwork of restrictions elsewhere and new ways of working mean pre-pandemic levels of travel are a long way off. The Schengen area of 22 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland operates control-free

Britain’s lockdown sparks surge in dog demand

LONDON (UK) – British breeders of puppies have seen a huge surge in demand for dogs during the lockdown and now fear that many families will give them up once they realise the scale of the responsibility ahead. Millions of Britons have spent almost three months largely confined to their homes to counter the spread […]