Hospitality sector raises a cautious toast as UK pubgoers return

Financial figures from three major chains show conditions are ‘fragile’ but improving for the UK’s 47,000 pubs

Pubgoers are flocking back to their locals, according to figures that drew a cautious toast from the industry but also prompted warnings of fresh turmoil if the government again singles out hospitality as a winter Covid-19 risk.

Financial figures released by three major chains on Thursday indicated that conditions were improving for the UK’s 47,000 pubs, which have been badly bruised by successive lockdowns and trading restrictions.

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