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England’s Office Workers and Shoppers Return as Lockdown Lifts

Pedestrians walk along Oxford Street in London on Dec. 2.

Pedestrians walk along Oxford Street in London on Dec. 2.

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Office workers and shoppers took advantage of an easing of lockdown restrictions in England on Wednesday, a potential boost to a U.K. economy enduring its worst slump in 300 years.

By 1.38 p.m., the number of people on the streets, in shopping malls and in other buildings open to the public in England had surpassed the total for all of the same day last week, data compiled by Hoxton Analytics Ltd show. In London, subway journeys this morning were 31% of last year’s level, compared with 17% last week, according to the city’s transit operator Transport for London.