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Greggs creates 500 new jobs

Bakery chain Greggs has said it expects to create 500 new retail jobs in the coming months as it continues to open new outlets.
The new jobs come as part of the chain's plans to open about 100 net new stores by the end of the year.
Greggs swung back to profit during the first half of the year as its sales rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.
The stronger-than-expected sales mean it now expects full-year profits to be "slightly ahead" of previous forecasts.
Greggs reported profits of £55.5m for six months to 3 July, compared with a £65.2m loss a year earlier..
The chain said the recovery in trade in recent months had been "stronger than we had anticipated", helped by the easing of Covid restrictions.
The lifting of restrictions "made a significant difference to footfall", it said, with sales in the second quarter up 2.8% compared with the same period in 2019, before the pandemic.
However, Greggs saw a mixed performance from its stores. It said its shops in public transport hubs and large city centres were among its weaker performing outlets, suggesting that many workers have yet to return to the office.
In contrast, "customers staying closer to home are supporting our heartland shops in suburban and High Street areas".
"The strongest locations continue to be shops typically accessed by car," it added.

Greggs to create 500 jobs as it plans 100 more stores - BBC News
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