JOBS LOST Nearly 10,000 retail jobs have been lost


Nearly 10,000 retail jobs have been lost since the start of this year, according to new research.

Some 9,949 positions have gone in January, with a further 1,200 under threat, the Centre for Retail Research says.

Debenhams, Mothercare and Asda are among the big brands to have closed stores or announced redundancy plans. Other retailers closing stores or cutting jobs include HMV, Game, Arcadia and Morrisons.

Last week it was revealed that around 57,000 retail jobs were lost in 2019, with the British Retail Consortium blaming the continuing transformation of the industry along with other issues such as the uncertainty brought about by Brexit and the election.