Restaurants face uncertain future as end of lockdown looms large

Across China, where the coronavirus pandemic first erupted, restaurants have started opening their doors to diners again following months under lockdown.

Tables have been removed to keep customers seated at least two metres apart, protective face masks have become mandatory for staff and diners’ hands are sprayed with sanitiser before they enter. Some restaurants are even forcing customers to undergo a temperature check before they are allowed in.

With social distancing measures in the UK expected to be in place for at least the rest of the year, the likelihood of British restaurants operating under a similar scenario now looks

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24% of world’s large companies risk running out of cash

TOKYO/LONDON — The coronavirus pandemic has battered the global economy, sending cash flows plunging and drying up liquidity for small and midsize enterprises. Now, large companies have been threatened with the same, making it imperative that governments step up support for these bedrock companies lest they suffer the same fate as their smaller counterparts.

Using data from QUICK-FactSet, the Nikkei Asian Review calculated the cash flows of over 3,400 listed companies and discovered that a quarter of them will run out of liquidity if a 30% year-on-year drop in sales lasts for six months.

The charts below shows the extent

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