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Boots to cut 4,000 jobs and John Lewis to close eight of its 50 stores amid Covid-19 fallout

The UK retailer, Boots is to cut 4,000 jobs, its parent company Walgreen Boots Alliance has announced, having been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures. The company said it will cut around seven per cent of its UK workforce. According to Walgreens, sales at Boots have plunged …

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John Lewis to close eight of its 50 stores with 1,300 job losses

John Lewis is to permanently close eight of its 50 stores, the retailer has detailed this morning, in a move that will include major outlets in Birmingham and Watford. It’s been reported that the closure will result in the loss of around 1,300 jobs. All four of the group’s smaller …

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Harrods and John Lewis will cut hundreds of jobs as coronavirus crisis impacts UK retail

Both Harrods and John Lewis have detailed their intentions to cut hundreds of UK jobs in response to the coronavirus crisis. According to reports, Harrods is planning to cut as much as 14 per cent of its 4,800 strong workforce, while John Lewis Partnership has stated that some of its …

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Retailers call for ‘urgent government action’ to save a high street in strife

Retailers are calling for urgent government action to help high streets in their struggle for footfall and sales as new data reveals that the number of shops, pubs and restaurants closing is rising at the fastest rate in ten years. According to the research, around 16 stores closed their doors …

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Toy and Game Conference 2019: Toy makers chase the billion dollar franchise, but retail leans on smaller companies

It was conflicting but not altogether left-field views that made up the discussion around the ‘State of Play’ between toy design, marketing and retail at last week’s Toy and Game Design Conference, as industry polars met on stage to talk about the ever-shifting dynamic. Fundamentally Children’s Dr Amanda Gummer chaired …

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John Lewis goes traditional with this year’s Top 10 toys for Christmas list

John Lewis has seen sales of its wooden toys increase 21 per cent this year, noting that parents have made a conscious move towards buying more educational games and books for their children. Harry Boughton, toy buyer at John Lewis has stated that the retailer is seeing a ‘move away …

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