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Tag: Coronavirus outbreak

Seven in 10 back mandatory use of masks in shops in England, poll finds | World news

Concerns that the wearing of masks could become a new front in a political “culture war” have been eased after evidence emerged that a clear majority of the public back their use in shops and supermarkets. An Opinium poll for the Observer reveals that 71% of adults in England support making masks mandatory in shops, …

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Fear of Pizza Express closures as chain faces takeover by bondholders | Business

Pizza Express is set to be taken over by its bondholders, with the possibility of restaurant closures as the high street chain struggles with the loss of revenues during the coronavirus pandemic. The chain’s Chinese owner, Hony Capital, could lose control of the company as part of a debt-for-equity swap. A group of investors in …

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Boohoo shareholders demand answers after shares plunge by a third | Business

Shareholders in Boohoo are seeking answers from the company over conditions for workers supplying its garments after the online fashion specialist’s shares plunged more than £1.5bn in two days. The company has lost nearly a third of its value since Friday afternoon after Boohoo said on Monday it was investigating claims that staff at one …

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Tesco sales soar as customers turn to deliveries in pandemic | Business

Tesco sales soared during lockdown as shoppers switched to buying online, in local stores as well as returning to big weekly shops at the supermarkets. The UK’s biggest supermarket chain said sales at established stores rose 8.7% in the three months to 30 May, with sales of food increasing by 12%. However, clothing sales dived …

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After Covid-19: How will a socially distanced high street actually work? | Business

Britain’s once bustling high streets are now eerily quiet, with all non-essential shops closed and thousands of staff furloughed. Many may never reopen as the lockdown accelerates shifts to online shopping, while others will have to find ways to adapt to a radically different retail world of long-term social distancing rules and nervous customers afraid …

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Carluccio’s set to file for administration amid coronavirus shutdown | World news

The Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s and the rent-to-own retailer BrightHouse are expected to be among the first high-street casualties of the coronavirus shutdown, putting about 4,400 jobs at risk. Carluccio’s is understood to be preparing to file for administration. FRP Advisory, the restructuring specialist, confirmed it was working with the chain, which has 73 branches …

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UK supermarket restrictions: what you need to know | Business

Tesco Limits to shopping hours All stores closing at 10pm for restocking. Some larger stores with pharmacies will stay open later. Temporary closure of all fresh food counters except bakeries. Purchase restrictions Maximum of three of each item. Multi-buy promotions axed. Vulnerable customers Priority hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 9am-10am (apart from …

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Keep calm and drink a lapsang souchong | Brief letters | Business

I have just returned from the supermarket, and have witnessed the empty shelves (Report, 9 March). I suggest that for the immediate future you publish the Guardian in long, narrow strips.David NapierLewes, East Sussex • I confess to panic-buying lapsang souchong tea (loose leaf, of course).Fr Chris BensonDevon • My favourite definition is the one …

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