Analysis: Flash in the pan or permanent shift – which pandemic trends will outlast Covid?

Women wearing masks in a socially distanced queue outside a store

Retail Week looks at the key trends that have dominated during the pandemic to see which consumer behaviours are here to stay.

Consumer habits changed drastically over the pandemic. Nights out on the town were transformed into prime time for takeaways and shopping trips were limited to the aisles of the local supermarket, while exercise moved to the privacy of the living room or garden.

Those lockdown days may now permanently fade into memory as prime minister Boris Johnson has set a date for scrapping all remaining restrictions – including the self-isolation requirement – as the war on Covid begins to wind down.

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