Online trade booms as people stock up with jigsaw puzzles, gardening gear and crafts
The stock market rally earlier in the week was largely in response to the US government aid package, but it also suggested some investors are hazarding a guess at what the future will hold.
The country has been left in no doubt about the economic mantra of Covid-19. It is Rishi Sunak's much repeated 'whatever it takes'. The new Chancellor has followed through decisively.
The sell-off was echoed around the world, although sterling continued its climb against the dollar, rising towards £1.24 having crashed to a 35-year low below $1.15 last week.
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