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UK businesses still trading dropped to 71% in late December: ONS

LONDON (Reuters) - The proportion of businesses in Britain still trading during the second half of December fell to 71% as COVID-19 restrictions tightened across the country, compared with 84% earlier in the month, an official survey showed on Thursday.

The Office for National Statistics also said 14% of the workforce was furloughed during that period, compared with 11% in the previous survey.

(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by Estelle Shirbon)