More than 176,000 retail jobs disappeared in 2020 and a larger number of losses are expected this year as shops continue to struggle under lockdowns, a retail research group has warned.
The Centre for Retail Research has estimated that up to 200,000 jobs in retail could vanish in 2021 as pandemic-related restrictions on movement continue hitting footfall and sales in physical stores.
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