Coronavirus: retail sales suffer biggest fall since records began – BBC News

Retail sales have suffered the biggest drop since records began, falling by more than 5% last month. The figures from the Office for National Statistics show that clothing sales have been particularly hard hit, down by 35%. The one sector that is booming is food and alcohol.

Three quarters of a million people applied to become NHS volunteer responders when the scheme opened a month ago. Since then 600,000 have been accepted but so far only 50,000 ‘tasks’ have been carried out.

It’s causing frustration among volunteers, as well as confusion among some vulnerable people who want access to the service. Now organisers have apologised for the delays, and opened a helpline where people can register for support.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports from Business Editor Simon Jack and news correspondent Judith Moritz.

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