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Coronavirus: Greggs 'would pay staff who need to self-isolate'

Greggs boss Roger Whiteside has said his firm would pay staff who have to self-isolate because of coronavirus.
"Our default position is that we pay contract hours. We don't have any zero contract hours," he told BBC's Today.
The firm's policy is in contrast to some other firms, which say they will only pay the legal minimum. He said Greggs' policy could be reviewed if coronavirus became a "big problem".
The comments came as Greggs posted a 13.5% rise in 2019 sales to £1.168bn.
The sandwich chain's success was helped by the popularity of its new vegan range, but the baker saw a significant slowdown last month as storms kept customers away.
And Greggs also cautioned there is some uncertainty in the outlook, particularly given the potential impact of coronavirus.
Pre-tax profits rose to £108.3m from £82.6m in 2018, the company said.
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