LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - British businesses are more optimistic that their operations will get back to normal in the first half of next year than they were a month ago, following the announcement of new COVID vaccines, a Bank of England survey showed on Thursday.
Firms said they expected sales in the second quarter of 2021 to be 2% below pre-COVID levels, compared with 8% below in the previous survey in October.
For the fourth quarter of this year, businesses expect sales to be 15% below normal, and for staffing levels to be 6% lower than pre-COVID.
The survey of just under 3,000 small, medium and large firms took place from Nov. 6 to Nov. 20.
(Reporting by David Milliken Editing by William Schomberg)