BUSINESS has never been as important to daily life as it is now, with every day bringing news that affects jobs and livelihoods.

At the Daily Echo, we bring you all the key stories from Dorset and the New Forest, often updating our business pages multiple times a day to react to breaking events.

This week’s top stories have included the first indications of how Bournemouth’s retail trade has done since lockdown was eased; a landmark in the town’s retail scene being put on the market; Sunseeker displaying new models; and the accusation that BCP Council is “destroying” a long-established family business.

Listen to the clip below to hear business editor Darren Slade take you through the week’s key developments.

And to read the stories in full, click on the following links.

Bournemouth shops saw big rise visitors as Covid lockdown restrictions were eased

House of Fraser building on sale for at least £4.95m

Sunseeker shows new Manhattan 55 and Predator 55 Evo in online premiere

Baiter snack bar operator loses council contract to run kiosk

Cafe-style dental clinic in Bournemouth shows Friends on the ceiling

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