May 14, 2020 / 1:17 PM / 22 days ago

Britons see lasting consumer impact from lockdown - Bank of England

LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) - People in Britain think the coronavirus pandemic is likely to change consumer behaviour for a period beyond the lockdown, the Bank of England said on Thursday, citing feedback from panels it has set up to gauge public attitudes.

“Panellists expected COVID-19 to have a large and lasting impact on the economy and society more broadly,” the BoE said. “Some expected changes in consumer behaviour to continue for a period beyond the lockdown.”

Top BoE policymakers have said they also expect the impact of the coronavirus lockdown to weigh on consumer behaviour and company investment plans beyond its duration. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Stephen Addison)

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