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Debenhams has announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs as the retail sector reels from the effects of the coronavirus crisis. The chain, which was already struggling from weak sales before COVID-19 forced its store estate into hibernation in March, said it was taking the action as part of efforts to ensure the business has “every
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An extra 900 jobs are to be created by the outsourcing giant Capita after it signed a deal with Transport for London (TfL) worth £355m. The hiring of workers offers a rare glimmer of light against a bleak backdrop of sweeping redundancies, triggered by the COVID-19 crisis. WHSmith, DW Sports and PizzaExpress have all announced
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McDonald’s is suing its former chief executive – fired last year for an inappropriate relationship with an employee – over claims he had affairs with other staff and destroyed evidence. According to court documents filed by the fast-food giant, Stephen Easterbrook, who grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire, “lied about his wrongdoing” in having had sexual
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Indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios and leisure centres in Wales are allowed to reopen today for the first time in more than four months. Children’s indoor play areas can also reopen, excluding ball pits which are more difficult to keep clean. The lockdown-easing measures come into force in Wales a week after pubs, cafes
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The American investment firm Apollo Global Management is weighing a £3bn takeover bid for the AA, Britain’s biggest roadside recovery service. Sky News has learnt that Apollo, co-founded by Leon Black, one of Wall Street’s financiers, has joined a trio of rival bidders in approaching the debt-laden company. Sources said this weekend that Apollo had
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