Who Benefits? Amazon Booms as Lockdown Crushes Small Business in Britain

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Reform Party leader Nigel Farage warned that the UK is heading towards “mass business bankruptcies” and “massive unemployment”, while Jeff Bezos and Amazon reap the rewards of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s second national lockdown.

During the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, Amazon has seen its profits in the third quarter triple to $6.3bn (£4.8bn), with a 37 per cent rise in sales globally, thanks in large part to lockdowns introduced by governments across the globe preventing consumers from visiting physical shops.

In the UK, the tech giant is planning to hire some 20,000 seasonal workers during the Christmas period, while many small businesses remain shuttered and under lockdown.

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The founder of the consultancy firm NBK Retail, Natalie Berg told The Times: “Amazon has had Christmas handed to it on a silver platter,” adding: “It’s the hands-down winner of the pandemic.”

Reform Party Leader Nigel Farage said on Monday that his email is “chock full” of “letters from small businesses letters from sole traders letters from shopkeepers and they all say the same thing they don’t think they can survive this second lockdown.”

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