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U.K. Businesses Plead for Help After Latest England Lockdown

  • EasyJet reviews flights, calls for rapid tests to ease travel
  • Next warns new lockdowns to erode gains over Christmas season
Closed businesses on King Street in Manchester, U.K., on Dec. 31.

Closed businesses on King Street in Manchester, U.K., on Dec. 31.

Photographer: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg
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Businesses are calling for more support and relief measures after U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged England back into full lockdown in a bid to stem the surge of Covid-19 infections.

Industry groups representing retail, pubs and auto makers are pressing the government to help avert business failures by extending tax relief to companies, giving grants and assuring that the current program to support furloughs will be continued beyond April. EasyJet Plc and Next Plc signaled the new lockdowns are clouding their outlook.