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Boots to cut more than 4,000 jobs

Kate Ng
An employee hands a customer her prescription medicines as she adheres to social distancing guidelines outside a Boots pharmacy store in York: AFP via Getty Images

High street pharmacy chain Boots has said it plans to cut more than 4,000 jobs – 7 per cent of its workforce – as part of action to mitigate the “significant impact” of Covid-19.

The company has recently announced closures of several branches across the UK.

The move will particularly affect staff in its Nottingham support office, as well as some deputy and assistant manager, beauty adviser and customer adviser roles across its stores.

48 Boots Opticians stores will be closed as a result of the restructuring, following a dive of 72 per cent in sales compared in the last three months compared to the same quarter last year.

It comes after retail sales fell by 48 per cent over the past three months as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on businesses, despite Boots keeping numerous stores open to customers.

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