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'Almost 10,000' retail jobs lost this year

There have been almost 10,000 retail job losses in the UK so far in 2020, according to retail sector analysts, with more failures forecast.
In total, 9,949 jobs have gone, said the Centre for Retail Research (CRR).
A further 1,200 jobs are under threat with the collapse of Beales and Hawkin's Bazaar last week.
"We're going to see more retail failures this year," said Julie Palmer, a partner at insolvency specialists Begbies Traynor.
"January is traditionally a really bad month for retailers and if retailers have not had a good Christmas, they will really struggle, particularly at the end of January when the quarterly rent bill is due."
The UK retail sector employs about three million people, so the latest losses would mean that one job in 300 has disappeared this year so far. According to the CRR, the sector lost 143,100 jobs during 2019.
Earlier this month, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said total retail sales fell for the first time in 25 years in 2019. Sales in November and December were particularly weak, falling 0.9%.
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