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    Germany extends lockdown - with easing options


    On March 3, the federal-state conference in Germany decided on how to further extend its present lockdown for non-essential retailer operations until March 28, to help fend off the Covid-19 virus. Like in the U.K., it will be phased out in stages, but retailers are furious, partly also because many ...

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    Boom in pandemic running in N. Ireland and U.K., survey says


    Macmillan Cancer Support , a London-based charity, estimates that eight percent of Northern Ireland’s population, or some 116,000 people, have taken up running to preserve their health since the Covid pandemic lockdowns began last March. About seven percent have taken up meditation or yoga. The youth in the U.K. has ...

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    Golf is thriving in the U.K. despite Covid restrictions


    Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS) reports that somehow in the age of Covid-19 and despite the course closures in November, rounds of golf played in the U.K. during the fourth quarter of 2020 were up year-on-year by 41 percent. They were already up in the third quarter by 59 percent. ...

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    Amazfit smatwatches now on sale at Argos stores in the U.K.


    Argos is the first nationwide retailer in the U.K. to become an authorized dealer of Amazfit products. The products on sale at Argos stores are limited for now to four of the company’s newest smartwatches: the GTS 2 , the GTS 2 mini , the Neo and ...

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    Grim indicators from GfK for the U.K.


    British consumption registered a small uptick in December, especially in the distressed clothing sector, although online sales were reportedly not as buoyant as expected. However, the U.K.’s official exit from the European Union on Dec. 31 and a new extended coronavirus lockdown have apparently created a “perfect storm” that contributed ...

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    DPD resumes U.K. road services to EU but post-Brexit disruption goes on


    Shipments to and from the U.K. are just now beginning to return to normal after a major disruption connected with Britain’s formal separation from the EU on Dec. 31, complicated by Covid-19 tests at border points, according to several sources, although U.K. consumers are reportedly facing higher charges because of ...

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    LTA strikes deal with Slinger Bag’s distributor


    The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) , the governing body for tennis in the U.K., has reached a three-year deal with Framework Sports Marketing , the exclusive distributor in the country of Slinger Bag. Framework will be supplying the LTA with 20 of Slinger Bags’ combination trolley bag and ...

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    U.K., Canada to restrict business with Xinjiang, China


    The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in the U.K. is seeking to separate British organizations from the extra-judicial detentions and forced labor that Uyghur Muslims and other minorities are undergoing at the hands of the ruling Chinese Communist Party in the province of Xinjiang. Citing “proof from the Chinese authorities’ ...

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    Sports & outdoor retail rose by 7.2% in the U.K. in 2020


    Sports and outdoor retailers survived the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.K. last year. Spending on their products rose by 7.2 percent, according to Barclaycard , which noted in particular the boom in home fitness while gyms were closed. Home improvement items and furniture scored similar increases. In contrast, general clothing ...

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    U.K. still hungry for golf, despite Coronavirus


    The provisional results of a review by Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS) of 80 golf courses in the U.K. suggest that rounds played in England, Scotland and Wales during October were up by 65 percent year-on-year. The research firm, which covers some 200 golf courses in the region, will be ...

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    Call for a Covid-19 sports recovery fund in the U.K.


    The Outdoor Industries Association ( OIA ) reports that leaders of more than a hundred sports and exercise institutions in the U.K. have sent a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to reserve funds for the rehabilitation of the sports and physical activity sector - or ...

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    New face masks regulations in the U.K. and France


    The British government has requested that people wear face masks in stores as of July 24, and the French government is considering making masks mandatory in stores and all other public places by Aug. 1 at the latest. The British Retail Consortium has said that retailers should not be ...