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Share of businesses that have closed in the UK due to Coronavirus in 2020, by sector

Almost one quarter of all businesses have temporarily closed or paused trading due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United Kingdom as of April 2020. The sector with the highest share of business closures were those in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector, with over 82 percent of them currently closed, compared with just 3.5 percent of human health, and social work businesses.

Share of businesses that have closed or temporarily paused trading in the United Kingdom due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) as of April 2020, by sector

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 23 to April 9, 2020

Number of respondents

6,171 respondents

Special properties

UK businesses

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "Bars will not sum to 100% as those businesses that have permanently ceased trading are not included in the graph.
Real estate services, other services, and the mining and quarrying sector have been removed because of their low response rates, but their totals are included in “all industries”

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