Signs of July slowdown hint at a hit-and-miss economic recovery

In Harlow, a bounce-back in June is now petering out for some traders – and fears are still growing over jobs

It appeared from business surveys last week that Britain’s private sector was surging back to life. But on the streets of Harlow, Essex, opinions about the state of the post-lockdown economy are mixed.

Nel Amodei, 46, is trying to rebuild trade at her fledgling coffee shop in Harlow’s old town, Nel’s, launched 10 weeks before the UK closed down in March – and said things were still not normal.

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