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Debenhams to cut another 2,500 roles as statistics show pandemic cost 730,000 UK jobs

The redundancies will be across UK stores and distribution centre, but no sites will shut permanently

Debenhams to cut another 2,500 roles on top of 4,000 already announced

Debenhams is planning another 2,500 job cuts as statistics show the pandemic has cost 730,000 UK jobs between March and July.

They will be across UK stores and distribution centre, but no sites will shut permanently.

READ: Debenhams to keep another three stores closed in England

The department store chain said current trading was “a long way from returning to normal”, the BBC reported, although the 124 reopened sites are trading ahead of expectations.

“Such difficult decisions are being taken by many retailers right now, and we will continue to take all necessary steps to give Debenhams every chance of a viable future… We have to ensure our store costs are aligned with realistic expectations,” the firm said.

Debenhams went into a second administrator in April after taking a hard battering from lockdown, then announced 4,000 redundancies in May.

In June it agreed with landlords to keep 120 venues open, but 17 were set to remain permanently closed.

Unemployment rise

The latest data the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a 730,000 fall of employees on payroll in July compared to March, when the pandemic started.

It includes 81,000 fewer people in July alone, despite the government's job retention schemes.

However, early estimates indicate that median monthly pay increased by 2.5% in July compared to last year.

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