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In data: profit in a time of plague

The people and businesses that thrived while humanity got sick

“A lot of hard-faced men who look like they’ve done very well out of the war.” Stanley Baldwin’s take on the new MPs of 1918 still resonates, as it’s chilling to think of anyone cleaning up in a tragedy. But it happens. While Covid-19 has laid waste to lives, livelihoods and our high streets, its corollary is more time and money spent online. And from that, some have indeed “done very well.”

As we have all avoided public transport, improved our new “home offices” and shopped exclusively online, stocks in Halfords (bikes and car…

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