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Covid-19 restrictions throughout the continent have forced shops to close and divert most purchases online.

There are four weeks to go until Christmas, but England’s normally bustling streets lack the spirit and the shoppers of the season. Only shops selling essentials are allowed to open. It will be behind closed shutters that most Black Friday shopping will be done, as purchasing moves largely online. A trip to the shops is only for click and collect.

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