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Will the delta variant delay the return to downtown?

Jul 30, 2021
In New York, the occupancy rate for commercial office space has been rising, but the delta variant may thwart that revival.
Some companies have delayed their planned returns to the office, and more may follow.
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How much does the delta variant threaten the economic recovery?

Jul 30, 2021
Delta could slow the economy in two main ways: Governments could restrict consumers — again — or consumers could restrict themselves.
Traders wear face masks at the New York Stock Exchange. The contagiousness of the delta coronavirus variant could restrain consumer spending.
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How are consumers feeling about the economy?

Jul 30, 2021
There have been signs of robust economic growth, but consumer concerns are rising ... along with the surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
Some economists worry that the latest COVID-19 delta variant surge will make shoppers pull back again.
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Our lost GDP year

Jul 29, 2021
U.S. GDP grew 6.5% from April through June, less than many economists expected. However, it’s caught up to pre-pandemic levels.
Many businesses were still closed at Union Station in Washington, D.C., in May. GDP grew 6.5% in the spring quarter, rebounding after the pandemic lockdown.
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Some signs point to falling consumer confidence as delta rises

Jul 26, 2021
Later this week we will learn how much consumers spent in June, and on what. But that might not be the best picture of what's going on now.
People walk through a shopping district in Brooklyn, New York. Recent surveys show a decline in consumer sentiment and concern about returning to offices and public spaces.
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Los Angeles County is again requiring people to wear masks indoors

Jul 16, 2021
COVID-19 cases are rising among unvaccinated people in the county. That means enforcement issues for businesses.
Starting Saturday night, people in Los Angeles County will again be required to wear face masks in indoor spaces. Above, Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on June 14.
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How worried should we be about the COVID-19 Delta variant?

Jul 2, 2021
Most experts don’t think another round of shutdowns is likely in the U.S.
The COVID-19 Delta variant has surged internationally. The U.S. may see regional case upticks where fewer people are vaccinated.
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