Coronavirus: Topshop owner and Harrods cut 1,200 jobs on grim day for retailers

Luxury department store Harrods will axe 672 jobs, following similar cuts by Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group and the owner of Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza.

Harrods blamed the coronavirus pandemic, which kept its flagship branch in central London closed for three months during the UK lockdown.

The business, owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, told staff it needed to cut up to 14% of its 4,800 workforce, adding yet more losses to the already grim total announced by major brands this past week.

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