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Covid has been kind to online retailers and hastened the high street's decline

In Portsmouth today, there were plenty of signs of a pent-up demand - a determination to spend big as restrictions eased.

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Cameron accepts 'lessons to be learnt' over Greensill lobbying row

The former Prime Minister insisted that he complied with the rules when lobbying the government on behalf of Greensill Capital.

Customers should 'respect staff' and follow Covid rules when shops reopen

Retailers are hoping pent-up demand and the fun of "physical shopping" will see consumers flooding back into shops after a turbulent year of repeated lockdowns.