Covid - current landscape release 23

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The aim of this report is to outline the current landscape for businesses operating in automotive retail, highlighting the economic impact and operational challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created. Release 23 incorporates the most recent ONS BIC data issued on the 26th August 2021.

Key take away points

  • The proportion of businesses open and trading is 92%. The number of businesses reporting to have permanently ceased trading remains low at approximately 2%.
  • In terms of turnover, indications are that the automotive sector continues to perform well compared to other sectors, having the highest % of businesses reporting an increase in turnover in the last 2 weeks (12%). However, in the education (private sector and higher education businesses only) industry, 54% of businesses reported experiencing a decrease in turnover in the last two weeks compared with normal levels for this time of year, in early August 2021. This has increased from 31% in early April 2021
  • Business confidence has significantly improved since last report with just 3% stated that they had low or no confidence that their business will survive the next 3 months. This has decreased since last reporting by 8%.
  • The proportion of those on furlough remains at 4%. The proportion returning to their usual place of working has increased from 69% to 72%. 17% of the workforce are working remotely instead of at their normal place of work this has fallen by 8% since last reporting.
  • More than half of automotive businesses expect more than 75% of their workforce to return to their normal place of work.
  • 2% of automotive businesses stated that they expect to make redundancies in the next 3 months. This is the third highest amount of all the sectors.
Release 23