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Coronavirus: Northern Ireland firms still at risk even after £2.7bn in support

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Karen Bonner

Karen Bonner

@Press Eye/Darren Kidd

Karen Bonner

Around 25,000 businesses in Northern Ireland were still in a vulnerable position from the effects of lockdown even after a total of £2.7bn in government support, a report has said.

The Ulster University Economic Policy Centre said half of all businesses were doing less trade than normal during the second quarter of the year.

On average, firms were reporting a 20% fall in sales - with a 24% fall in export sales.