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exclusive Coronavirus: Empty offices cost Belfast city £200m in lost business

Just 5% of Belfast employees are back at desks full-time, according to survey

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The drop in office workers has hit both sales and footfall in the city by 50% in recent months. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The drop in office workers has hit both sales and footfall in the city by 50% in recent months. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Simon Hamilton, chief executive of Belfast Chamber

Simon Hamilton, chief executive of Belfast Chamber

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The drop in office workers has hit both sales and footfall in the city by 50% in recent months. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The future of Belfast city centre traders is at risk if office workers don't return to their desks soon, with one economist saying it could cost at least £200m.

According to Belfast Chamber, which interviewed 500 of its city-based members for a survey, just 5% of the Belfast office workforce has returned to company premises full time.


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