Editor’s Letter

The economic ripple effects of the Covid pandemic stretch far and wide

Beyond the bigger issues for the global economy, there are plenty of smaller issues to look at, writes Chris Stevenson

Monday 30 August 2021 00:01
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<p>There are those who will still appreciate putting on a suit</p>

There are those who will still appreciate putting on a suit

My colleague Hamish McRae's well-written thoughts on what lies ahead for the global economy made me think about some of the smaller changes we are seeing/may yet see as we move back to some form of normality in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Something that caught my eye was the news that Marks & Spencer no longer sells men's suits at more than half of its 254 bigger stores. Wes Taylor, director of menswear at M&S, told The Sunday Times that "Covid hit fast forward on the trend to more casual dressing that was already in train".

M&S has said that in the first two months of the Covid pandemic it sold 7,500 suits – a fall of 80 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year.

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