UK travel and leisure firms gets summer travel boost

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By Sinchita Mitra and Amna Karimi (Reuters) -British retailer WH Smith and hotel group Whitbread are seeing business return to pre-pandemic levels, with pent-up demand for summer vacations boosting the leisure industry’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. WH Smith, which has shops at airports and railway stations, said on Wednesday its revenue in the third quarter surpassed pre-pandemic levels for the first time and it expected its full-year performance to be at the higher end of market expectations. Whitbread on Wednesday said hotel stays were above pre-crisis levels and said its Premier Inn …

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